The runaway in the Garden of Eden.
Is it possible to get hurt while pursuing the most desirable dreams?
Because we have nothing except our own experience.
you could got damaged, while pursuing the most desirable dreams.
So many people see LA as a Garden of Eden, so do I and Neha. It is the place where is most likely dreams come true, but everything has their own price. There is no place for magic, but strategic and consistent work takes the first row. Roses got symbolic part in here: they are absolutely beautiful, full of grace and blossom, but their thorns could be dangerous and hurt you. Same with city of Angels: its full of opportunities, but you could got damaged, while pursuing the most desirable dreams.

I didn't know what exactly to expect.
I met Neha throught the instagram, we have one mutual friend.

So we've scheduled the photoshoot and that was the very first time we met in person. My goal at this session was to tell the story and I had some ideas in mind, but since I never meet Neha in person I didn't know what exactly to expect. So I decided to go with a flow. I asked to bring some body suite and whatever she feels like wearing.

Most likely I will get good shot if she will feel comfortable, I'm trying to dig for her real character. What I wanna say is I want to find a story to tell inside the person and go from that. I believe that everything we see is actually inside us already. Because we have nothing except our own experience. So basically we see the world trough the lens of our own experience.

she just moved to LA 3 month ago and started new life, perusing her dreams
So what the deal?
I asked her about what is going in your life? Are you more happy or depressed?
She said that she just moved to LA 3 month ago and started new life, perusing her dreams. Neha is 18 years old young lady from Las Vegas with Indian roots. She studying in university , getting her degree in theology.

I was happy because I got this idea with travel suit and newspaper. I was thinking about to say the story about traveller/escaper/brand new person in the town. Somehow it reflects myself, so I can play with it.

Neha is absolutely sweet girl, everything she asides always positive and filled with light. And we got lucky with light, so pictures came up nice and cool. But next what? I am like: why it is always a problem to finish the deal? What the title? I broke my head, but it was empty. And I decided to ask Neha about what she feels about the title for that series. She said:

Neha
The runaway in the Garden of Eden
Xenia
Why?
Neha
I ran away from my old life in Vegas to come to come to La and la is my garden of eden. And the flowers represent that. La is my paradise.
Xenia
Sold!
I've learned from the experience - it doesn't make sense to judge someone.
Beautiful conception. But rose can hurt. And I still love them. LA city of dreamers and doers ( otherwise how you supposed to survive lol). I've learned from the experience - it doesn't make sense to judge someone. "at least you tried" - that what I am up to right now. Get my experience while pursuing my dreams. yes please.
Xenia Leo
Photo Artist @xenialeo
Neha