“When I take a photo of myself, I see a mirror reflection; the camera doesn’t lie. The irony, however, is this reflection occurs only as one realizes the photo is an abstract representation of the greater Self”
“Raw” was an early attempt to merge photography and thearpy. These photos are a blend of a traditional photo shoot and candid shots of the participant in her chosen environment, with things from her home and ideas from her personal experience with emotion and self-image.
“That day I felt dead inside. Worthless. Tragic. Crying one minute and laughing the next. My emotions were all over the board. It was exhausting and confusing. When I see the photos now I see beauty in being a human. I see emotion in being raw. I see me and I am now ok with me. I see that the human experience is different for all of us although similar in many ways. When the photo shoot was done I felt a sense of relief at having gotten many negative emotions out of my body and mind.” – Melissa Walker