THE STATUE


"The Statue" was created for my Concepts & Storyboarding class as part of a photo compositing exercise. The assignment was create a single style frame using open source photos, or photos we took on our own. I decided to make a frame that covered the topic of self-image, with a specific focus on how we as a society view our own bodies. I knew I wanted the main image to be a statue, so I headed to a nearby hotel to take a few photos of the statues that surrounded it. On the way back, I photographed some cracks in the sidewalk that created a nice texture. The rest of the images were pulled from open source websites, or found on google using their "Labeled for reuse" feature. 

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The final frame shows a single statue in the middle of the woods. The statue is slowly crumbling, with its paint peeling away and the base being overrun with moss and other plants. While the statue itself is in disrepair, the woman that the statue represents seems to be relatively unaffected, and in good spirits. The statue represents the way that people view themselves physically. We tend to see our own bodies as broken, unattractive, or beyond repair. While we believe this to be the truth, we still maintain a veil of contentment so that others won't know how we view ourselves. The truth is very much the opposite. While we may view ourselves as falling apart, the reality is that we generally judge ourselves harder than anybody else. We tend to focus on the small flaws that we see in ourselves rather than seeing the countless ways in which we are beautiful, similar to the way that we still see this statue as being beautiful, despite its cracks and moss.

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