Chelsea Nyegaard by Jacob Wayler

words by Chelsea Nyegaard

photos by Jacob Wayler

Jacob and I met at the New York Art Book Fair in September 2015.  He told me he was working on an artist portrait series, t0 be shot exclusively in 35mm and 120 format film.  I have a really hard time saying no to real artists who don't want to shoot me with sexual overtone, especially when the work is this beautiful.  His respect for my photography and my character were apparent, and with each minute we spent together my admiration for his process increased.  The vibe was relaxed the whole time, he met me at the nail shop and we chilled in my friends Brooklyn apartment and talked about photos and life and having fun.  Jake is a lot younger than I am, but it doesn't negate his work; in fact it's just the opposite: it only amplifies my excitement in following his career.  He brought with him this new school, super chill vibe that boys didn't have when I was in my early 20s. Coupled with his obvious artistic spirit and the fact that we were in my best friend's apartment, it was easy for me to relax and even open up, which can be really difficult for me to do on camera.  I have a tendency to flaunt my tenacity and cover up the softer bits of me that are scary to share with the world.  These might be my favorite photos ever taken of me, if for no other reason than the fact that they show me the way that I see myself, and that's not typical.  Photographers shoot you how they see you, so either Jacob has a really powerful sixth sense, or we are very, very similar creatures.