a disease of influence
This series is a sociological study through photographs. These photos inquire what motivates young women’s choices. I have used the formal qualities of the photographic frame to divide each image such that they convey a sense of tension. In some of the photos, that tension is between individuals and sometimes the images convey a sense of internal conflict-anxiety. I have photographed females between the ages of 12 and 21. This time span between girl and woman is a very vulnerable period. It is a time of self-discovery and growth. The intricacies of the female psyche are very easy to overlook, and the moments and behaviors captured in these photos give the viewer a glimpse inside that psyche. The situations these young women put themselves in and the image they portray are both the product of their own actions and ideas. Whether a young woman chooses to be influenced by worthy examples is subjective. However, their choice defines them, and ultimately determines how they are viewed by the outside world. Are women victims in a male dominated society, or are they prey to their own standards of beauty? Are they objectified in today’s culture or do they objectify themselves?