Throw It Away

PhotographerHyo Jung Song
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

This photo series is a self-portrait, in which the photographer moves within a context-less space as her most pure self. In response to the commonly used, self-deprecating phrase, "I am trash", the idea of youths radical freedom in behavior and identity is represented through her interactions in a clear trash bag, a trash can, free-floating balloon, a wig (in the same cut as the photographer's real hair) and visible cable release. This a visual fulfillment of inner transparency. Being trash is perhaps not a negative concept, but what one needs-- to lose ones inhibitions and discover the beauty of honest interaction without barriers is the primary ambition of this series.

Story

This photo series is a self-portrait, in which the photographer moves within a context-less space as her most pure self. In response to the commonly used, self-deprecating phrase, "I am trash", the idea of youths radical freedom in behavior and identity is represented through her interactions in a clear trash bag, a trash can, free-floating balloon, a wig (in the same cut as the photographer's real hair) and visible cable release. The self portrait is devoid of time and space-- it is the escape of a young Asian American woman from everything that surrounds her and suffocates her full identity: sexual repression by family and society, the pressure to be well-behaved and perform modestly in life, all the while to stay young and independent. All such are motivations for the struggle that ensues within the confines of the trash can and trash bag. This a visual fulfillment of inner transparency. Being trash is perhaps not a negative concept, but what one needs-- to lose ones inhibitions and discover the beauty of honest interaction without barriers is the primary ambition of this series.