I can understand why April Chennat does it; making the long drive from her corner of Southeast Texas to Austin for creative work. It’s something I do as well; not that Houston is anything like the remote area she’s from but something about connecting with others in Austin that, for me, reminds me of the creative environment that was a part of my life for the many years I lived in New York City.
I like talking during my sessions and in getting to know her I came to learn we’re alike in many ways. April has learned first-hand that if there are any goals, any dreams she’s ever wanted to pursue, now was the time to do it. Hers was a realization I came to many years ago and because of that, like her, I don’t take time for granted.
April was quick to laugh as she dealt with mosquitos and humidity. She was ecstatic whenever dogs from a nearby dog park would race on over and demand her attention and she would laugh aloud as she gave them affection.
As I photographed I focused on her eyes.
I was thinking through the things she’d shared about herself, her life. I began to think of a passage I’d read many years ago in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.
the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
I learned she was mad to live! April projects a wonderful energy that embodies what Jack wrote about long ago. It’s that energy
that compels her to make those long drives to Austin so that she could pursue her goals and following through on things she’s always wanted to do.
It’s that wonderful energy that made this session such a pleasure to work through. Look her up! You can find her on Instagram @April_JC