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As a child, I knew I would love photography from the moment I picked up my mom's camera. It didnt become a hobby or a passion until high school. My work stems from the interactions I share with subjects and from my love for texture and detail. Like people, I believe ideas can evolve into something unexpected. I enjoy creating an environment that is both a personal and comfortable space to work in. For this project, I wanted to experiment with color while retaining the drama a black and white image has to offer. I am drawn to small objects and enjoy exploring how light and color can add a transitional quality to black and white photography. Through digital imaging, make-up, and costuming I wanted to examine the various emotions that occur during a transitional period in ones life.
As time moves forward, the body evolves and inevitably deteriorates through natural or unnatural causes. I picture this deterioration to be a disease in itself; similar to the shedding of skin, a growth that is inevitable. My goal was to express a sense of change and decay through multiple textures and contrast. I wanted this decay, in part, to represent a resistance to evolution, a refusal to accept that time moves forward, regardless of whether we are ready.
Everyone processes change in his or her own way. And it isn't always easy. But I believe accepting life changing events contributes to an evolution of the self; a shifting that is similar to the process of metamorphosis. Resisting change prevents us from moving forward and learning from past experiences. It's those who can overcome the challenge, later embrace the new experience that will find the most joy in their life.
Exhibited in the Nichols gallery at Pitzer College.