16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
“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.
Photo of the Day: 10.31.18
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||Oct. 26, 2018, 1:32 p.m.