“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” – Marilyn Ferguson
I strive to associate tangible goals to intangible blocks. I need to be able to vocalize solutions to the often obscure, invisible walls that land in front of me.
These walls, often based in fear, are anxiety inducing. I let them do that sometimes. It makes everything harder, more daunting, and seemingly impassable.
These fears are important, however. It’s important to recognize them, and to acknowledge them. They’re shedding light on something that’s very real to me. But once I’ve acknowledged them, I’m done, and it’s time to move on to the next step.
The next step is the most important one: action.
For some reason I always think about the trip I took to watch the eclipse. I sat on my bed wondering: what if I don’t pack the right things? What if I have car troubles? What if I have problems at the border? What if I can’t find a place to camp? And the list went on and on and on. I did this for well over an hour. I paced, I checked my phone to distract myself, I did everything but what I needed to do. Eventually, I knew what I had to do. I started packing everything I thought I needed for Momo and I and reassured myself that if I forgot something, I could find a solution then. I brought my toolkit incase something happened to the car. I packed my passport and reassured myself that there was no reason for border problems. I found a spot on a map to camp that night, and before I knew it I was on the road, headed to my destination. I saw the eclipse. It was pretty great, but that trip, for me, was really about facing fear with action.
The most liberating thing I’ve found in the face of fear is to make a plan and follow through with it. And give yourself room to screw up, cause it will happen. -
Have you conquered fear? What tools have you developed? Feel free to share some of them below.
Just want to take a few #mοmοments to thank you for leaving reviews and purchasing our books. I truly appreciate it. (And I just noticed that our books are on sale on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles, and I’ll send you Momo stickers when you upload the receipt at andrewknapp.com/stickers)
#Ad Do you let your dog on the furniture? How about if it’s a mid-century modern coffee table from @Target’s new super-functional space-friendly #Project62 collection? I figured out a way to let both these things happen, and it’s with Project 62’s Marble and Rose Gold Coasters (which comes in a pack of 4 like the maximum amount of paws on pets). 4 paws + 4 coaster = protected furniture & happy animals.
🌶 This spicy boy and I are still stuck in Albuquerque, I’m told they call it the Land Of Entrapment (I’m ok with this). Anyway, we’re making the best of it, and we’ll be hanging out at Flying Star Cafe on Rio Grande around 4pm-6pm, I’ll be the guy sitting alone with his dog. 👨🏻🐶
Ended up stranded in Albuquerque the week of the International Balloon Fiesta (the biggest in the world!). They’re not balls, Momo.
I’m thinking of having a meet and greet with Momo on Tuesday, whaddaya think?
Late night black and white diner stop on a long day in New Mexico. Got stormed out of a campsite at 4am, found a motel at 5am, cockroaches literally scurried from the blankets as I was checking for bugs, drove West until my tire blew out and tore my wiring harness out of my fuse panel, survived, felt grateful, waited on the roadside for a few hours, met an incredible tow truck driver who has 7 kids and 21 grandkids (check my story!), and finally had a meal at this black and white diner in Vaughn, New Mexico. Excited to spend a few days in Albuquerque while my vehicle gets sorted out. I don’t like to play favourites but New Mexico is a state I can’t get enough of.
#ad I dig a functional space. And @Target’s #Project62 fully embodies a principle I learned in design school years ago: Form Follows Function. It’s a throwback to 1962, not only the midst of the mid-century modern era, but also the year the first Target store was opened. So whether you’re looking for a drawer to hide a little fluffy dog named Gus, or a hiding spot under a side table, Project 62 has something to make every square inch of your home functional.
Momo in a cotton field. I capture this now to remember it later.
(Tell me I take too many photos of my dog’s face. If you, like me, can’t get enough of it, you can always look at it at @momosface and also you can grab our book(s) at andrewknapp.com 😬)
Yesterday was one of the hottest days I’ve experienced in Canada this year. Luckily we’re in Ontario right now where there’s a freshwater lake every couple of minutes. We found this one miles from anything and hung around for a few hours and jumped into the water to cool off. #mοmοments
#Ad @Target asked me to take their new small-space brand #Project62 to my childhood home and give my old space a little love.
These fun, functional products brought a new breath of life to the room I spent many years in as a kid. Momo and I flipped through old books under the lucite lamp and someone seemed extra comfy on the grid quilt.
If you asked a younger me if I thought I’d be traveling all over the world with a dog named Momo, taking pictures, making books and sharing my story with so many people, I’d definitely laugh a giddy laugh. The things around us give context to our memories, and when we encounter something similar years later, they can spark a nostalgia that chokes us up.
2/2 of my #vacuumboop series which showcases the very incredible celestial event of a cordless vacuum cleaner booping the nose of a dog. I’m so excited that @BestBuyCanada asked me to work with them to showcase the Dyson V7 Trigger vacuum, as I’ve always been a fan of Dyson vacuums – they’re known for being well designed, functional vacuums, and I can say first hand that they indeed are. Check out bestbuy.ca 🎉
1/2 of my #vacuumboop series which as you can clearly see is a cordless vacuum cleaner capable of many things including booping the nose of a dog. I shot this for @BestBuyCanada to show off the tiny & super powerful Dyson V7 Trigger vacuum that can suck up so many tiny little blue sprinkles (or dust bunnies, dog hair, cat hair, or whatever other mess you or your dogfriend make). Check it out at bestbuy.ca 🎉
Sometimes I’m shooting Momo and the scene is so serene that I want to share more than a photo with you. Sometimes I don’t shoot a moment at all and just experience it. Saskatchewan is undeniably beautiful and shooting for @tourismsask created a lot of these moments. Not to mention the sweetest couple, Pat & Diane, who picked me & Momo up on the roadside when I ran out of gas and went out of their way (and got covered in gas) to get me back on the road.
I’d recommend you visit this province. The Grasslands are particularly amazing, and I’ve heard word of sand dunes up north that I’ll be visiting next time. #ExploreSask#mοmοments
There's Momo under one of the few trees we found this morning in the Grasslands National Park. I'm shooting and exploring today for @tourismsask. Really excited to be here. I found out about the Grasslands earlier this year and I can already say it's worth the trip. #exploresask
UPDATE: My prints are sold but I recommend checking out some of the beautiful prints from other amazing photographers. 👉 printsforhouston.com
Exclusive print sale for Houston ❤
I chose three favourite photos to sell limited edition prints alongside some incredible photographers, and 100% of profits are going to benefit victims of Houston. Momo and I visited Houston a few years ago in Mellow, and that photo is taken a few hours outside of the city where we camped for a night on the beach. We were welcomed the next day into the city by locals and toured some amazing sights that ended up in my second book.
Go to printsforhouston.com to find some amazing photos printed by @honestframes. $50 prints, 100% donated to Houston. #printsforhouston
Hey Vancouver! I drove around town and stopped at a bunch of book stores and snuck some Instax photos of Momo from the magical little SP2 Printer into my books. I may have signed some of the books as well.
In Canada the printer is $50 off from August 25 - September 7. Thanks for making this possible, @fujifilm_instax_northamerica :) #myinstax#SP2FlashSale#findmomo