‘Unshaken’ (2019) I create art to represent life based on my experiences and reflect on the events in the environment around me. ‘Unshaken’ is a photographic exploration of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Adversity is an unfortunate situation that we find ourselves in and we often strive to push on and find a way out it. Resilience is when we are knocked down and get back up stronger than before. It is this aspect of the human spirit that I find fascinating its ability and wish to advance and keep going regardless of the challenge, whether it is physical or mental.
Inspired by Hokusai’s print ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, the visual of standing against a wave looming over a figure represent the viewer, to provoke them into thinking about the times they have faced adversity and how they overcame it, how they stood unshaken.
Another inspiration is my fear of the ocean, this large natural force that we barely understand that is a colossal force that makes us look like dust by comparison. The ocean represents unfortunate situations I’ve been through in my life such as depression, anxiety, suicide attempts, struggles with relationships and abuse by friends and family. Yet I’m still here, I’ve been resilient to adversity…I’ve stood unshaken. ‘Unshaken’ serves as a commentary on the human condition and have we all face challenges in way one or another and how we hope to do right by ourselves and others and how we can make it through these tough spots we find ourselves in. The figure in the photograph is the viewer and the wave is a visual representation of a challenge the viewer may have faced, whether it be struggles with depression, anxiety, social environments, suicidal thoughts pressure at work or overbearing questions we can’t answer.
Ask yourself this;
May I Stand Unshaken? A huge ‘Thank You’ to @tales_by_nature for providing me with the Canon 5D and 105mm lens used to complete this project, I don’t know where I’d be without him #unshaken #resilience #adversity #canon #canon5d #struggle #depression #suicide #anxiety #abuse #relationships #friendship #thankyou #photography #amatuerphotographer #uow #creativeart #uowcreativearts #iloveyouall