The photographs in "The Smaller Picture" are visual representations of how I respond to moments in my life and the world around me. Since starting college, I have found myself facing more anxiety than I did growing up. Adjusting to my family's new life in the Southwest, college classes, social pressures, and becoming a self-sufficient adult are almost always on my mind. When my anxiety is at its highest, I will timidly go through life fearing my next panic attack or it even slightly affecting my life.
The camera allows me to hone in on a smaller portion of the world and control which piece I am focusing on. That combination creates a sense of power that makes facing my anxiety less intimidating. Within the time it takes to compose an image, from a split second to minutes, I find myself working through my uneasy feelings. I am able to slow my mind down, realize that what is in front of is not actually threatening, and appreciate the moment rather than panic over it. In these instances, I feel calm and at peace.
Time to Think
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