This is a multiple exposure photo.
The idea to project the image of a sonogram onto the stomach of a naked teenage girl first popped into my head in mid-January of this year. It was after a conversation with a friend about the difficult choice of abortion. She had just informed me that she had been having unprotected sex – no form of birth control whatsoever. “Forget the plethora of STDs you’ve probably already contracted… what happens when you get pregnant?” I asked, to which she nonchalantly replied, “Oh, that’s easy. I’ll just get an abortion.” I spent the next half hour desperately trying to convince her that abortions were not that easy. Did she have any idea how heavy her statement was? How could she so carelessly decide what she would do in that sort of situation? The more I thought about it however, the more I realized I could ask myself the same question. Did I have any idea what I would do if I ever got pregnant? No. After much thought however, I came to the conclusion that the one thing I was sure of, was that if I ever did find myself in that situation, I didn’t want someone else making the decision for me. On a topic that is so controversial, and yet so personal, this project was created to stir up questioning in the minds and hearts of other teenage girls like me.
This photo is one of my favorites. I enjoy the contrast and the fact that you can still see some graffiti on the wall. One of the main reasons I like this picture so much is because off all the detail that came out. Also this day is one of my most cherished memories.
This is a photograph I took of my best friend at a track meet. I always enjoy taking pictures of people. My favorite thing about photography is the fact that you can capture a specific moment in time and immortalize it. When I take pictures of people, it is always a particular memory that can never be duplicated or replaced. It will never happen the exact same way twice. Her expression, her clothing, the location, the lighting, is all unique to this one particular moment and therefore it is unique and special. I feel like this picture depicts a story, from the thoughtful look on her face, to the open bag laying in the background, to the fact she is laying in the long grass in the sun. This picture is meaningful to me because the subject is someone I care about and while it took a while for me to develop a good print, I think that this picture has a strong composition, good exposure, and it is one of my favorite pieces that i have produced this year.