“Observe more. React less.”
— RACHEL ROBERTS
running for State Senate in the 24th district of Kentucky
So the photograph is of me doing the splits on a bridge, which is a simple way to explain it, but what it really is is a from a photo shoot with Lulu Lemon and I think this was actually the first year that I did one for them and they asked me where I wanted to do it and I wanted it to be down on the river.
I was living in Kentucky, but my business was in Cincinnati and I, I love the idea of the purple people bridge connecting those two communities and just the visual of the city behind the bridge. So we went down there and it was a really glaringly sunny day and our idea was to take pictures on the actual walkway, but it's concrete and the sun glare was just kind of washing out all the photos. So they wanted me closer and closer to the railing, closer to the edge of the bridge.
And we kept doing that. At a certain point someone suggested, “Wouldn't it be great if you could do the splits on the railing of the bridge?” So I agreed, and I didn't tell anyone at the time, but I'm really, really afraid of heights, so it was a super scary thing for me to do to climb up onto this railing and to do the splits. But the photo is really beautiful because the railing is of course linear. It's horizontal and the splits is also horizontal.
“It captures a moment in my life when I was being very brave.”
- RACHEL ROBERTS