Girls on the Brink looks at the transitional moments in girl’s and women’s lives and focuses on gesture and body language both in social situations as well as in more intimate moments.
Conflicting messages from family and friends, media and celebrity makes the transition from girlhood to womanhood a very complicated time of life. The ever- present social media, and the cell phone and its ability to capture life as it's unfolding, without the ability to edit themselves first, only adds to the stress.
I started this project first to try to understand my own teenage daughters better, but then came to recognize that issues surrounding belonging and identity were ones that I had struggled with myself, and that I feel is a universal theme, and one I continue to explore in my work.
I am interested in themes surrounding identity and connection, especially during the transitional stages of life. I seek out gesture and body language to help tell the story of the struggle between external appearance and what lies beneath. I photograph real-life situations as they are unfolding in the moment. These are moments of ordinary life, when I witness the body language of others which reminds me of something I have experienced in my past, that makes me want to capture the moment.
I have been a professional photographer for over twenty years, but did not enter the fine art and documentary world of photography until I began my MFA at Maine Media College. Before then, I had worked on a long term project photographing special needs children and their siblings. Sine then, I have focused on issues of identity and belonging in all of my work, whether social documentary or fine art.
I am currently teaching photography in the Detroit area, and continuing my projects.
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