I am someone who is just a shadow—always unnoticed but always present. Portrait photography has become my main medium of self-expression. My best works often result from split-second decisions made with little hesitation. I find that many social media platforms invite people to place forward the best version of themselves, even if it’s not their true self. Due to societal norms, we’ve become obsessed with achieving the self-imposed and unrealistic expectations to be someone we are not. Our distortion creates a world that encourages hiding behind a filter of “plastic,” which further perpetuates this notion of internet perfection. In my image, the chromatic aberration directly represents distorted societal standards and the Polaroid frame refers to the recent resurgence of the 90’s pop culture. My work is a reminder to avoid getting wrapped up in framing ourselves in a certain light to fit in or stand out.
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