What makes you happy?

 I was contacted by an Art curator earlier this week and invited to participate in an upcoming exhibit titled "Happiness." The exhibit explores questions such as; What makes one truly happy? Where does one look for happiness? Is it associated with material gratification for some or does lie deeper within personal values for others?

This topic really had me thinking about what is truly at the root of my inspiration behind my photography & art, where do my own values lie and what are my own sources of happiness? 
These are fully loaded questions. So, to help me narrow it down a bit, I came up with three questions that I then asked myself. My questions & answers are below.

1. What are 5 of your core personal values? (Core values are guiding principles of your life that help you determine your behavior, words and actions)
Commitment, Empathy, Vitality, Adventure, Sincerity & Vision!

2. What makes you genuinely happy? (Closely aligned with core values)
Art, beauty, warmth, the ocean, beach and tropical climates, being outdoors and in nature - especially El Yunque Rainforest, culture, community and a sense of connectivity and belonging, travel, exploration, expressing, children and of course, CREATING!

3. If money were no object, how would you live your life differently?
I would leave New York, head to Puerto Rico and build an art studio & home nestled somewhere high up in El Yunque.
Question number three, resonated with me the most. I realized this is an aspiration I've had since childhood; making it that much more authentic.

Taking the time to answer these questions helped me better understand why I choose to photograph and paint the images I do. I'm strongly influenced by the environment I'm in. There's a deep connectivity I have to the island. Puerto Rico has so much natural beauty, a rich, multifaceted history and of course, cultura. So, naturally, I feel almost always compelled to capture and celebrate it visually. 

Now, it's your turn. I'm excited to know what truly makes you happy? 
E-mail me HERE and share your answers or just reply to this e-mail.  I'd love to hear from you! 

Viejo San Juan, PR by Lena del Sol Langaigne

Viejo San Juan, PR by Lena del Sol Langaigne


LIC ARTS OPEN MAY 13-17, 2015

I’ve been selected to participate in the 2015 LIC Arts Open Exhibit on May 13th-17th, 2015 in Long Island City, Queens! I’m so excited and humbled for this opportunity. LIC Arts Open is in its 5th year of being Queens’ largest arts festival –it brings together artists, residents,  businesses, tourists, local government, art enthusiasts and collectors to help foster Long Island City’s cultural and economic development. The festival has done much to raise the profile of Long Island City, home to one of the largest and most diverse arts communities in New York City. To top it off, I’ll be taking over their Instagram on Sunday April 19, 2015. Follow us both for updates on the event and to learn more about this awesome borough of mine — Queens, NYC! Support the arts by following along on Instagram at @LICArtsOpen. I'll post all sorts of goodies relating to the exhibit on my INSTAGRAM.