Wednesday, January 1st, 2013 12AM

This is from 52 Faces, a photojournalistic project I put together where I asked 52 people to define love and talk about how it’s affected their life. This is Leslie’s response:

“Love is a very powerful word. Love is everything. Love can be found anywhere, any moment, of any day for me. I love my surroundings, I love the people in my life, I love doing what I’m doing at any given moment because I feel like if you don’t love what you are doing at any given moment, you shouldn’t be doing it.

Love can be tricky, love can be funny. Love can be real, it can be fake. It can be raw and emotional, and the best and worst thing that ever happened to you. Love is magic.

“It can be raw and emotional and the best and worst thing that ever happened to you.”

For me, food is love. That’s how I love on a large scale.

Growing up in an Italian family, I learned that feeding people is nurturing them and giving them life. I don’t know if there’s anything you can do to show them you love them more than to nurture them and give them life. So that’s love on a large scale for me.

Love on a small scale, that’s a little trickier. I don’t know, I love the people in my life right now, I love-love what I’m doing, it just makes me happy. I think it’s a rare thing that you can wake up every morning and be happy with where you are. So I’m savoring every second of this.

I thought I was in love. I’d like to be in love again, it’s a beautiful thing to care about someone more than you care about yourself. Love has a lot of definitions.

Love has really affected my life. Love has dragged me through the coals, it’s brought me down to the darkest place I’ve ever been; lifted me to places I never thought I didn’t think were possible. It balances me.

What it comes down to is this: I try to find love in everything. I’m passionate and I put love into everything I do, all of the content that I create, and the people that I work with…every time I teach a class, I’m giving a piece of myself and hopefully [they] take that as love.”

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