S T R I V I N G FOR
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'Striving for Excellence' is a portrait series exploring the realm of common but unpleasant human emotion and experience. As a portrait photographer inspired by human nature and emotions, I wanted to experiment with evoking the parts of ourselves and life that are commonly endured only in private, and taboo to show in any public way, in hopes they may contribute to the normalizing of the universally vast and complex human emotional landscape. The gestural portraits in ‘Striving for Excellence’ act as visual cues or symbols of what each one represents (see title names). And they both challenge, encourage and act as prompts for safe reflection upon one’s own personal experiences in the past and present, and hopefully with a level of dignity, imagination, honesty, comfort, acceptance and maybe even humor.
Thanks to Madison
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