ROYALS

CompanyBraden Summers Photography
PhotographerBraden Summers
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

These images are part of a series of "royal portraits" commenting on how we create our own image using social media channels. Today, we have the power to elevate our social status instead of relying solely on our family lineage. I find it interesting and simultaneously problematic that everyone on social media sites can use their platforms to create a brand out of their own image - curating feeds to present a certain idea or a certain ideal that may or may not acurately represent their truest self. I've taken the concept of presenting your best self to a level so extreme, it's obviously not based in reality. It is harder to feel inadequate, or to feel "less than", when you know the content you're consuming is exaggerated.

Story

These images are part of a series of "royal portraits" commenting on how we create our own image using social media channels. Today, we have the power to elevate our social status instead of relying solely on our family lineage. I find it interesting and simultaneously problematic that everyone on social media sites can use their platforms to create a brand out of their own image - curating feeds to present a certain idea or a certain ideal that may or may not acurately represent their truest self. I've taken the concept of presenting your best self to a level so extreme, it's obviously not based in reality. It is harder to feel inadequate, or to feel "less than", when you know the content you're consuming is exaggerated.

About Photographer

I'm a contemporary environmental portrait photographer focusing on shooting national and international advertising work. My work is centered around various narratives that are inspired by different locations and cultures. I use photography as a platform to express what I feel is culturally relevant and beautiful.