I AM
Photography — Portrait Series
“I am” is a piece closer to my heart, inspired by my lovely female friends. I wanted to create a photography series based off of exposing the pure, natural version of oneself, completely raw and in a strong and uplifting pose. The purpose of this series was to capture the beauty of someone being completely exposed and completely themselves, and to have them look and feel empowered—hence the illuminating spotlight behind them. I used my own hand-drawn writing ~positive affirmation style~ to showcase my thoughts and feelings on these individuals, each had custom phrases that I feel represented them best. I was inspired by the idea of daily affirmations which I learned from a mental health workshop. I wanted this piece to highlight the importance of loving and appreciating the qualities of oneself that are more than just skin deep.