SECOND PLACE: SARAH EMMA ROBINSON 'Don't Let it Define You'
L.A. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' SECOND PLACE: SARAH EMMA ROBINSON 'Don't Let it Define You' (Click on image for larger view)
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DON'T LET IT DEFINE YOU by Sarah Emma Robinson
SECOND PLACE
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Review by curator Laurie Freitag: "Without knowing the specifics of the artist's intention, what speaks to me about this image is the tape slapped across the subject's mouth. It seems no matter how hard the subject seems to try to fit, her topsy-turvy attempts of expression fails. She wears black as if in mourning and the tape is purple, a color associated with an imperial rank of power. Who is the keeper of the prison gates here? An outside power or an inside one?"

Sarah Emma Robinson says, "My self-portraiture addresses anxiety and depressive disorders and the daily battles many people silently fight.

I have struggled with depression and anxiety for almost 10 years, and have been successfully medicated, however, I can still find myself slipping into a depressive episode or experiencing a panic attack ever so often.

I am not constantly on top of my medication, and therapy I will slip back into an abyss of depression.

Being raised in a religious background, there is a stigma attached to emotional and mental disorders that have a harmful effect.

Many feel that if you were to simply “pray away the pain” or “have enough faith” that God would take it away.

My photos address the stigmas or preconceived notions I personally have experienced. Each photograph title is a comment that has been said to me when someone has found out about my anxiety or depression."

Sarah Robinson is currently a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she will graduate with a degree in Design with an Emphasis in Photography in April of 2019. Her passion lies in Alternative Process and Film photography, along with Documentary Portraiture. She plans on Pursuing a Masters in Photography after she graduates.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 

2017 Entry into BYU-Idaho Fine art show 

2017 Two entries into an Idaho statewide Fine art show

2017 Grand prize and 1st place in the Madison County Fair Photography division

2018 Entry into the Utah Statewide Mayhew Show 

2018 Private show on Brigham Young University Campus

Contact Info: sarahrobinsonphoto@gmail.com

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