Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Stephanie Stanley
After experiencing tragedy, we lose a part of our being. Eventually we move on with time, but there will always be a part of ourselves that is lost. We were never even aware that this piece of our fragile being existed; yet the absence is felt greatly. Suddenly we are in shock; for what we knew of ourselves and our life has all changed and, although we did not realize a wholeness had been there, it has vanished. During this experience, a turning point occurs and we realize what it is that we had lost and that the void will never be completely filled again. Using the medium of photography, I capture a representation of childhood in order to explore a transition from unknowing to a place that is more aware. In this moment of acute loss, one becomes more sensitized and aware of the pieces that are left and the piercing absence formed. Photography is unique in that it holds and loses a moment in time, much like experiencing tragedy. After the transition, we are left with the scraps of memories of the self that are caused by a devastating experience; whether it be loss or a different kind of tragic event, these changes cause a shift in our being. The moments before this great shift occurs are unknowingly delicate and naïve. My goal is to photograph a representation of this state before a shift occurs. And We All Fall Down explores this state of fragility through the photograph.
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