ROYALS

PhotographerBraden Summers
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyBraden Summers Photography
City/CountryLos Angeles, United States
Photo Date2016
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.

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

Braden Summers is a director and photographer, whose work alerts the viewer to the beauty in people and their environment. The undertones of his portraits are appreciative of diversity and acceptance, ideas that are fundamentally supportive of a more positive lifestyle. His work has been featured in Marie Claire UK, on the sites of French Elle, French Glamour, Advocate and The Huffington Post. Marriott International worked with Mr. Summers on their latest campaign #LoveTravels, depicting love and family in the LGBT community and beyond.