• Moments before Womanhood

    Date posted: February 9, 2009 Author: jolanta
    A Girl’s Consciousness: decisive, seductive, fearless, and sweet. Young girls are no longer worried about the world of old-fashioned romances anymore. They use their lens, even their bodies, to experience violence, sex, and the subversion of life and death. Their fragile hearts—hearts that may be broken by a sudden end of affairs, just like many of us—are exposed through the lens as well. When you see their photos, and learn about their lives, you are actually reading the story of your own. Before picking up the camera, I had always been moved and influenced by
    the documentary, staged, and autobiographical photography works of some
    excellent female photographers. My photography works are created out of
    instinct and self-satisfaction. In order to forget troubles I had from
    my childhood, I try to express a sense of struggle and loneliness
    through photography.
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    Luo Yang

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    Luo Yang, Us, 2008. Courtesy of the artist.

    A Girl’s Consciousness: decisive, seductive, fearless, and sweet. Young girls are no longer worried about the world of old-fashioned romances anymore. They use their lens, even their bodies, to experience violence, sex, and the subversion of life and death. Their fragile hearts—hearts that may be broken by a sudden end of affairs, just like many of us—are exposed through the lens as well. When you see their photos, and learn about their lives, you are actually reading the story of your own.

    Before picking up the camera, I had always been moved and influenced by the documentary, staged, and autobiographical photography works of some excellent female photographers. My photography works are created out of instinct and self-satisfaction. In order to forget troubles I had from my childhood, I try to express a sense of struggle and loneliness through photography. The girl’s world is one defined by age. Once you grow up, you can never go back. The photography works of Girls’ Consciousness are both private and un-private. I tried to make the girls seem both frail and decisive in these works, full of hope but also faced with danger. Perhaps that’s just the “perfect” reflection of them and their lives.

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