These images are extremely simple but contain a very powerful message. It may be hard to understand the message at first, but once understood, it should resonate with everyone who looks at them. The women above have the word “yes” written on their lips to demonstrate the silent “consent” that women feel their only option is to silently endure in situations of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Because they feel unable to or do not know how to say no, women live everyday with going through trauma and abuse that can otherwise be stopped with knowing that people will be on their sides and support their choices of saying no or reporting acts of violence or abuse put onto them. Even when women protest and do not give consent, that may not be enough to stop another person doing harm to them. But in many cases when women go and report these acts, either they are not believed or their abusers do not receive proper consequences. Its heartbreaking to admit, but its happens everyday to millions of women who feel like they have to go through this pain. These images represent that silent yes written on the lips of women who feel that is their only choice.
These image inspire me tremendously to use my photography to step outside of the box and try to produce art that is educational and informative to raise awareness for situations like abuse, rape, and assault of women. Its fun to take smiling pictures of my friends and beautiful landscapes of nature, but its very important to think of different ideas and to think of ways to try different themes that may be controversial. Its like giving a voice to those who otherwise have no voice and make their stories and situations known to bring awareness and eventually a change.
For my two studio shots, I would like to incorporate my theme of me dancing but in a more creative way. It would be difficult to take action shots of myself dancing in the studio, so I want to use some of my old dance costumes and my shoes as props. There are a few ideas I have using my shoes and costumes in my pictures. One is that I could actually recreate ny hair, makeup, and costume from an old dance and try to replicate a pose or move from that old dance. Or I could hang my costumes and shoes againist the back drop to make it the pictures a little more abstract and different. I definitely want to try and use my pointe shoes and tap shoes in one of my shots, either with me wearing them or simple having them be in the shot.
I have many ideas for my portraits, but I definitely want to have them still be related to my pictures from the 35 mm camera to have all of my shots be cohesive. I will most likely have my 35 mm shots be more candid and focused more on the movement of dancing with action shots and candid pictures of the preparation for dancinf (i.e. putting hair up, tying shoes, putting on makeup, etc.) But for the best results, I would like to make my two studio portraits as posed as possible to make sure everything comes out right.
For my self portrait project, I would like to take pictures of myself dancing. I have been dancing for about 8 years now and there are barely any photos of me dancing because I only have one recital a year and its hard to take good photos from the audience in the Collins Center. This is a good opportunity to try to get some interesting shots of me doing jumps, turns, and stretches. I would like to experiment with getting shots of just my feet or arms to showcase specific parts of my body in a certain position or move. It would also be interesting to experiment with the shutter speed, taking some with a faster shutter speed to get a clearer picture or a slower shutter speed for more of an action shot. I want to try to be more experimental with lights and shadows to make my pictures a little more original and unique so they aren’t just pictures of me jumping in the air. There are many ways that I can experiment with myself and my resources to take some very personal and original shots for this project.