Straining Letters Into Noise


Amanda Grate (She/Her)

Myself Aligned (2022)I've always had a deep love for the Earth we live on and it only became more apparent through the photographing, writing, and designing of this book. It's an explorative composition of photos and writing exploring poetry and introspective thoughts. Through many free-writes and self reflection I've learned a lot about myself. Recurring themes and practices in my day to day life have been interwoven throughout the pages. This process helped me realize that different aspects of my life need to be aligned in order for me to thrive. My reflection began with the thought that “my body is my home” and evolved from there. Each aspect corresponds to a bead on the binding of the book, similarly to chakras. This continual motivation for self exploration and alignment goes beyond these physical pages and has become an integral part of my life.