meraki (may-rah-kee)
To do something with soul, creativity and/or love; to put something of yourself into your work. 

I wrote this word and its meaning on a torn piece of paper years and years ago. I fell in love with it. Many times when I'd clean out my things, or I would move house, I'd find the paper and consider throwing it out...but I could never part with it. Only until I sat and thought of a name for my blog, it sprung to my mind and with a knowing feeling inside, I realised I kept that piece of paper for a reason. This one word describes it all. 

Stone plays a part in the name as the grounding force. To really mean what you create. To have strength and courage to follow your passion and make an impact; an impression with sharing nothing but yourself. 

My name is Jessica May. I'm a photographer, filmmaker, lover of free writing and documenting my travels. I've lived in a few different cities along the east coast of Australia and am now in Sydney with my love, Raphael (he is a very talented writer!). I've also been studying natural medicine for a few years now, so I hold a very deep passion for the power of plants; their beauty and their purpose. 

Photography entered my life when I was fourteen and I've hardly gone a week without it. Capturing the beauty of the natural world and the authenticity of people is what my work is all about. It was a slow start in the beginning, but eventually my work began to go somewhere. I was published and interviewed in a few international and national magazines, the local paper (while I was living on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland) and I started to connect with incredible photographers, that have now become life long friends. 

Over the years that I've been an artist, it's been a journey; many highs and lows, the good times and the bad. I read this quote today and it fits so well with what I believe; I just had to share it.

"Be thankful for the bad things in life. They open your eyes to see the good things you weren't paying attention to before"