In Her Element: Diana Zeng

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I met Diana in a photography class during my senior year of college. I always thought she was kind and cool, but we never hung outmore than walking back from the art school together. It wasn't until after college, when we got together for a delicious meal at Everest Cafe, that we totally hit it off. I am pretty sure everyone in the restaurant heard our conversation because we both get progressively louder when we talk about things we're passionate about.

At the time, I was working on a non-profit project and she was working for start-up, figuring out what she wanted to do with her post-graduation life. Both Diana and I have change what we are working on a few times since graduating, but the beauty inside her has remained constant in whatever she's doing. She has a clear desire to understand, connect and bring out the beauty in those around her.

On our most recent food date, she told me she had been painting for about two hours every day and that it was bringing her so much joy and fulfillment. Immediately, I knew I wanted to take pictures of her while she worked. Though this is not surprising to me at all, she already has multiple commissions lined up after just a few months. I am pretty sure that is a huge sign in the world of art since many people are begging others to buy their work.

Here is my beautiful friend, Diana.

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