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A Rose in my garden
Chloe
Girl in Sunflower field
Children at Play
Black Tipped Reef Shark
Water Drop
Colorful Spring
Beautiful Hortensia
Invisible
Without music life would be a mistake
Awake
The Sun and Her Flowers
High Flying Pup
The Sun and Her Flowers 2
Italian Man Walking
Refusing to conform
Sunrise at Mount Bromo
A Refreshing Fall Morning
Kawah Ijen
Preparing for the fall
Fall Colors Heublein Tower Simsbury Ct.
A shadow on the Potomac
16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Awake

“AWAKE” is a photo series expresses the ambiguous emotions and sensitive inner mental struggles of the young female identity.

As one of the young females going through a time of transition from adolescence into fully-fledged adulthood, I often questioned and confused about my self-identity. All these feelings of self-doubt, insecurity, being lost, and depression has dragged me down to the bottom of inner darkness. I started to imagine what’s the color of feeling hope. With a pastel color tone in my work, I aim to highlight the feminine emotion, struggling through with a grasp of faith.

In photographing this phenomenon, I chose to leave an ambiguous state to the viewers: Is she coming up or drowning? It is this vague emotional moment that I search for as she self-expresses through body languages. Elaine is an albino, born to be different from others. After going through years of severe drug and alcohol abuse, she determined to start a clean new life. There was this a raw energy and vitality present that connected us as we are all struggling and working on becoming better selves. Photographing young females becomes a way of gazing back into myself as well as a method of healing the inner struggles, with compassion and understanding.

TAGS: Hope, Mood

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San Jose, California, United States of America
Member since 2016
Awards
Photo of the Day: 10.31.18 Editors' Pick
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Copyright:
© Yun Ye.
All rights reserved.
Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 08.2018
Total Views: 4152
Total Favorites: 2
Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Oct. 26, 2018, 1:32 p.m.
Camera Make: Apple
Camera Model: iPhone
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