The Photographic Journal

Headspace Parade

Essay 469 • Oct 29th 2020

Sometimes a mental vacation is the move. Ride the wave of emotions, follow your intuition, and let it take you somewhere unexpected. After my last few photo essays were filled with themes and thoughtful plans, I needed to loosen up this time. Instead of elaborate concepts, I wanted to just have fun with it.

I reached out to my friend Heidi (who I’ve worked with a few times over the years) and Zig Zag Goods (who put together a few colorful ensembles for me to borrow). Arriving at Heidi's apartment with very little plans, I documented for a few hours on a Saturday. I set up a few backdrops, and we even took a leisurely wander around her neighborhood. I used one lens and flash, and kept everything as low key as possible, capturing a mix of real and staged moments. At times during our shoot we discussed the news and the evolving global landscape, but mostly? We just let a couple hours drift on by.

In the end, it was a welcome distraction from reality.


Jason Travis is a photographer, designer, illustrator, and musician based in Los Angeles. His work has been featured by CNN, USA Today, Gizmodo, BuzzFeed, BOOOOOOOM, and many more. He’s allergic to cats, carrots, and will forever love the 90s. He is currently TPJ’s Photographer-in-Residence.
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Model: Heidi Jane
Wardrobe: Zig Zag Goods

Check out Jason’s other TPJ photo essays:
Suburban Youth
Mind Glow
Vanished Spirits
Ellissa & Harry
Alley Cat
Flowers or Fruit
Isolation Station
Allergy Academy
Niza Jay
Inner Child