Snapshot of Cecilia Träff: Lovewell in 5 Senses
When asked about the Lovewell process, Cecilia confesses her unique classification of her experiences through her five sense.
She feels the community “holding hands in a circle right before the opening of the show (a little sweaty and with squeezes of nervousness and excitement) or lying on the hard floor during affirmations.”
She smells the amazing “humans in a hot room doing dance warmups, or of smoke and melting chocolate while making s’mores on disposable bbq’s.”
She tastes “all kinds of food being consumed during many Lovewell weeks, everything from Mrs. Iden’s wonderful lunch boxes during my Fort Lauderdale stays, to the peanut butter and jelly sandwich hype happening in Oskarshamn, Sweden last summer (I’ve been craving them ever since).”
And, last, of course, Cecilia hears the Lovewell sound. “Songwriting, vocal warmups, brainstorming, harmonizing, laughing, crying, playing instruments, talking, talking, talking and more.”
But for Cecilia, whose Lovewell journey consists of taking beautiful pictures of smiling faces, making hundreds of memorable designs and creating telling bios, Lovewell is “about the visuals.”
From her first Lovewell experience as a sixteen year old she says, “I have always kept my camera close. I’ve done various photo projects about Lovewell, but most of all I just love capturing the endless moments of excitement, love, joy and hard work.” Cecilia knows that an image cannot express all that Lovewell does, but she admits that “my goal is to come as close as possible. And going back to my second Lovewell workshop was actually the reason that I bought my first DSLR camera, which later set me on the path to becoming a professional photographer.”
Besides being a Lovewell photo taking celebrity, Cecilia has also helped design many of the show posters. She explains,”it’s such a wonderful challenge to try to capture the spirit of a Lovewell show in one image. And whatever sense is triggering a memory, there is always a picture attached to it.” She sees her friends, the shows, snapshots from the processes, and they all fill her “with a feeling of thankfulness, love and belonging.”
Cecilia cannot pinpoint one moment of Lovewell that shines above all the others, because they all stand strong in her mind. “The reasons I come back to Lovewell are many, but one of the main ones is the reminder of boundless creative power. Lovewell has made me aware of my own creativity, and through Lovewell I am constantly blown away and inspired by other people’s creativity as well,” says Cecilia. It amazes her how much can be accomplished through collaboration. Cecilia adds that, “the other main reason is the people- all of the wonderful human beings I’ve had the pleasure of meeting throughout the years. Some I have not seen outside of the three weeks of a process, some I have almost daily contact with, but we are all part of this community.” Whether in connection through a summer program, reminiscing at a yearly Lovewell Alumni Songbook Concert, visits during trips across the world, meeting old friends and making new ones is such a wonderful part of Cecilia’s life as a LovewellLight.
“And while waiting for any of those to happen again, I listen to the newly released second album and enjoy the memories it brings.” Yes, that is a hint that you should download the album now!
Currently lives in Sundsvall, Sweden
Lovewell student from 2005-2008 and staff from 2009 through present day
Involved with over 30 Lovewell productions through posters, playbills, photos, videos