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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Philip Padilla

SPE Member since 2016
Member Chapter: Midwest

2017 W/SW Juried Exhibition Application Portfolio

Artist Statement for Seen No Evil

Conquering fear and self doubt requires facing that which makes us uncomfortable and the determination to continually take steps towards independence from external affirmation. Deciding to share these raw self portraits reflects my personal and artistic growth. I hope my fighting the paralysis of perfectionism that comes from unnecessary self-judgement inspires others to embark upon their own journeys of self discovery in whatever form that may take. When we embrace what makes us different, we allow ourselves to fully become what we were meant to be.

A photograph is but a single way to see one's self. This book helped me understand that I am who I am not simply because of how I look, but because of who I believe myself to be. For me, shedding clothing is a way of abandoning my attachments to whom I felt I was expected to be. Nude self portraits confront my own insecurities and investigate the source of the shame, guilt, and embarrassment that I feel about my body and my desires. I had to strip away all expectations and preconceptions of myself to see that my clothes are merely material things and my body is just a vessel of my true essence.

"Seen No Evil" is neither a grandiose narcissistic claim of infallible fashion nor an excuse for self absorbed exhibitionism. It is an invitation to see yourself as an important individual with human needs and unique characteristics, who is worthy of what you want and deserve. It celebrates our multiple facets of personality and rejects sexual repression, fostering a community of freedom which champions the authentic individual. It is the awareness that, though things may not always be as they seem, we always have the choice of how to see them.

Dimasalang (Untouchable)

The Pedestal

Prometheus Bound

The Triumph of Love and Chastity

Photographer's Dilemma

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