Claustrophobia is the fear of having no escape of being closed in a small space such elevators, rooms without windows and crowded places. It is classified as a type of anxiety disorder that usually results in a panic attack. It’s usually triggered by a trauma at a young age such as being separated from your parents in a crowd of falling into a pool when you can’t swim. I decided to do a photograph based on claustrophobia and suffocation as the two tend to be interlinked. This psychological portrait focuses on the unconscious mind, an inner feeling of fear that personally affects whoever it’s happening. I, myself, do suffer from this fear and I wanted to capture how I feel in that moment, but in an attractive way. Being in a small room at full capacity is the equivalent of being stuck in a small bag that you can’t seem to get out of. I decided to have the photograph tight to the subject as it gives off the feeling of no escape and lack of air. It makes the viewer feel almost claustrophobic themselves when looking at it. The intention of this piece was to bring awareness to a disorder that not everyone suffers from but is very real and traumatizing for those that do.
One of my first year assignments was to make a mixed media portrait of another person in the class. Meet Morgan, my amazing friend who loves going to concerts and many at that. The idea behind this piece of work … Continue reading
“I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her.”
– Rory Gilmore
I grew up watching Gilmore Girls on the WB, a television show about two young women who are friends first and mother and daughter second. I’d like to believe that that show is the reason why my mom and I are so close. Every week when a new episode aired we’d sit on the couch together and watch it. I remember when the show ended in 2008 and I was completely crushed because my entire relationship with my mother was built around the close relationship of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. We’re the same person; I’ve become my mother in the best way possible.
Some people think being their mother’s daughter is the worst compliment they could receive and I would have to disagree politely. I love hearing that I look like my mom because she’s beautiful and I love hearing that we act the same because I love her personality. There is something so special about this bond that we share with each other and I feel sad for those who despise the very person I love the most. The very person I look up more then anyone else in the world.
I decided for my project that I wanted to photograph other mothers and daughters with strong tight-knit relationships. The idea is to showcase their similarities and differences while having them in the same location, the same outfit and the same pose. This series was shot in colour to emphasis the subjects. Although the surroundings are the same in each set the people who were photographed are of importance and I feel that it wouldn’t be conveyed the same way through black and white. This allows everyone else to see what I see exactly how I see it.
I was inspired by graphic-designer Carra Skyes, who did something similar with digital photography. Her uncle used to tease her mother asking if she was wearing her clothing. Their quirky photographs are something that reminded me of the Gilmore Girls and I realized that I wanted to capture different mothers and daughters in a similar element. This would be completed using a 4×5 large format camera.
These portraits can speak more then words and show a lifelong bond between mothers and daughters. Although there’s an age difference between the generations, similarities can always be found and I chose to focus on that.