Introduction to my portfolio /artist’s statement
“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life are empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” by Stephen Hawking
“Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” –Helen Keller
I have decided to dedicate my project to self-portrait photography. In general, photography is a very powerful tool for telling stories based on pure imagination.
My project is about taking snapshots of myself and my body in creative postures and environments while using a self-portraiture technique. I have fallen for the idea of self – portraits because this photographic technique is so therapeutic and empowering at the same time.
I have suffered from cerebral palsy since birth. Having to live with a disability can be challenging at times. There were even times when I wanted to give up however I am so happy that I did not because it was worth fighting. In the past, I could not appreciate myself for who I was. At that time, all I could see was my disability defining my life. I was not confident enough to believe in myself. There was even the time when I was too scared to look at myself in the mirror. I was in such emotional pain, I did not know how to cope with myself anymore! I was thinking to myself: “What do I do”?
After some consideration, I started working on my mental well-being and I was following the path to recovery. Suddenly something has changed… The most gloomy time of my entire life had passed. I am being honest when I say, I can finally appreciate myself for who I am today. This portfolio tracks my life with a disability which no longer happens to be an obstacle but an element that makes me see things from a more unique perspective. Life is a journey and it’s important to capture every step of the way. It is essential to document the moments of happiness, love, tiredness and sometimes even sadness! This way we know that life happens…
Sometimes we all feel overwhelmed, overloaded and all we need is to pause.
I want people to take a moment, to pause, while they look at my photos and I want ‘my pictures to evoke emotions. To be honest, I myself had to pause while looking at the final selection of pictures. It is a huge blessing to say that I can finally see all the beauty in me radiating from ‘my attempts to make art’.
Working on this project has made me realize that I can reach for the stars whether’ I suffer from a disability or not. My disability does not define my inner beauty and I’m hoping my audience will recognize that too.