I believe photography is all about telling a story. I think that people perceive photography to be all about glamour, fashion, magazines, and perfection. But what is “perfection,” a utopia doesn’t exist. I think that people should see beyond this idea of perfection, and realize the harsh realities that life brings to us. I think there are more important issues in the world that need to be evaluated, so I bring that to you in a photograph. There is nothing to read, just see and embrace. I want to evoke emotion out of my viewer.
I chose this photograph because it deals with situations that I am interested in communicating. I like showing the viewer things outside of the “norm.” I believe that photography is all about telling a story. There are real issues in the world that we, as a community, tend to refrain from talking about as often as we should. Some examples include rape, abuse, neglect, and economic hardship. Today’s society portrays things in a “sugar coated” way. When most people think photography, they think fashion, magazine, beauty, and perfection. But what is perfection? There is no “perfect” world; a utopia does not exist. As a photographer, I believe in showing people what’s really out there through my photos. Although the scenes I create may be staged, it doesn’t mean that situations like that are not out there. What I bring to the table is something different from this idea of “perfection.” I expose the real situations behind what everyone perceives our society to be, and challenge viewers to really think about the emotion behind every photograph I take. Discovering my passion for photography has really played a huge role in my life. Prior to my senior year of high school I thought I would pursue a career in music. I never really cared about school and doing work, because it never interested me. I found it boring and useless. It wasn’t until my junior year when I found something in school that I truly loved. It was photography. Photography gave me an opportunity to actually show who I am as a person and artist that music couldn’t. I was now able to stage and create things without the boundaries that I had with music. I later found myself taking classes at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, to help further my knowledge of photography. With that I eventually gained an internship with a successful commercial photographer. Now I enjoy working, and school so much more because I am involved with photography and art. This photograph was the photo that helped me develop my idea, and the words to express that idea.