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Istanbul city landscape, traffic and buildings
Risky Journey
Discovering Parallels
Rendezvous
Raqqa's Mass Graves
Words of wisdom
Ohio Cattle
Freedom and light
Annoyed Lioness
Morning Bliss
Wildebeest at Sunrise 2
There is More to Life
Cow in Clover
Wildebeest at Sunrise
Portrait
Coastal Sun
Lion Cubs
Summertime on the outskirts of Raqqa
Risky Journey
Red Billed Hornbill
Oryx Formation
Push Ups
Purple Flowers
16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
There is More to Life

“My identity has been shaped by being a diabetic and being a Southern woman who was raised in a very traditional home.I come from a family that has always stressed self – sacrifice over self – care no matter a person’s physical or mental health. Women are expected to have a husband and children. I was raised in a home that was very religious, conservative, and traditional. Think 1950’s gender standards. I personally don’t want to be married or be a mother at this stage in my life which is considered the normal age for marriage and children. I use recurring symbols such as sunglasses, hands, flora, and halos to represent the physical and mental aspects of ill health, societal pressure, stereotypes, etc. that women are facing today. Color in my work is used to deny the physical environment and create mood and give my work an artificiality that makes the reader realize the irrelevancy of these “rules” we as women try to live up to each day through our appearance and our actions. I am trying to blend familial and societal expectations with my own personal individuality."

TAGS: Louisiana, Painting, Portrait

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Lancaster , Texas, United States of America
Member since 2018
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© Keith Matthews .
All rights reserved.
Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 06.2018
Total Views: 13
Filed Under: People
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 28, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Camera Make: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D5100
Focal Length: 34mm
Shutter Speed: 1/20
Aperture: f5
ISO: ISO1600
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