W 

This project was a product of perseverance. 

I wanted to combine various things Iā€™m passionate about into one photo series. Fashion, vintage film, architecture, and vibrant colors. This edit started as a simple overlay with a triangle.

(I decided to use simple geometric shapes to represent architecture.) After duplicating the triangle I realized that it created a W. It was an unintentional change that ended up being a perfect fit. This is partially because my name begins with a W, and also because it felt like a new beginning of the kind of work that I want to produce from now on. Photos that set me apart from the norm and challenge me to think creatively. 

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My crisp and colorful editorial style was blended with black and white. I emphasized this contrast by filling certain sections of the shapes with color and others without, along with heavy film grain. A lot of the fine details may be hard to see online, but I believe that the emotion of these choices is still evoked by the images. 

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Another reason why this project means so much to me is because of the hardships that I overcame to produce it. During the time that these images were taken, I had recently undergone a knee surgery and was actively going to physical therapy. At each shoot, I would be on crutches or walking with a cane. The pain was intense and at times I wanted to put off the project entirely, but I persevered and finished the shoots. With each edit I completed I felt empowered and excited to release my work to the world. These moments were a reminder that I can do anything that I put my mind to.

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