To say 2017 was a tough year would have been a massive understatement. I experienced heartbreak like I never felt before but also came to an important realization. My pain was self-inflicted. I chose what I thought was love over my own self respect.
The leather bracelet he gave me which used to symbolize love now reminded me how incredibly unhealthy our relationship was. I told myself it was better to have some of him, than nothing at all. I told myself that his feelings were more important than mine.
I chose to make art from the pain of this decade-long relationship. The photos feature three women who have experienced similar journeys of self-reflection. Each photo tells a story all its own.
Lady Like: A photo collection of empowered women.
I invited a couple of women in my life to share with me what empowerment means to them. I took their portraits and combined these images with a couple of my Women’s March LA photography.
I did this to promote women empowerment.
I invite those who have or are in the process of breaking free from their obstacles in life to participate in this project currently in the works.
I have personally been through many obstacles up and till much recently. Now, I am in the process of recovery and breaking from from the chains I was in for almost half my life. These chains kept me from living my potential to the fullest. It just kept me from true life without a crutch to hold on to. Being on my own feels right for the first time in my life.
This project invites both photographic and written participation. If there is a story you may have that could make a difference in another person’s life, please submit. If you’re only looking to get something off your chest, please submit. This can be done anonymously. So don’t hesitate. Let’s help each other break free from these chains.
Having worked with my good friend, Harmless Monster, countless of times before for similar projects, I couldn’t think of anyone else who was perfect for this specific venture. Over the past year or two, I have been on a journey of finding myself. I had been in and out of projects trying to find my way, only to end up exactly where I started. It was meant to be. So I came across an artist call by Shockboxx Gallery in Hermosa Beach. The name of the theme, “Naked As a Daisy”. I found this to be my opportunity to shine again with this new creative direction I have chosen to take with my photography. Instead of creating work to please the masses, I created work that expresses truth. Simple pure beauty. Naked and vulnerability. Showing natural beauty by movement of the body.