I created this series of images for a conceptual project. I decided to make a visual statement on the different ways people deal with debt. I personally have been struggling lately to not feel overwhelmed with student loans. I know that they’re considered socially normal and that it’s practically impossible to avoid them, but they make me so uncomfortable. I consider myself a responsible person, and it doesn’t make sense in my mind to buy things before I actually have the money to afford them. I’m the kind of girl who dreams about being able to pay for her first house in cash. But I am discovering that not everyone views debt the same way I do. Each picture in my series represents a different way of dealing with it. There are people who worry and talk about their debt… gagging on it at all times, yet continuing to compile it. There are people who accumulate debt without any intention of ever paying it back… living off of bull-crap money. And there are people who work hard and long to pay off their debt… leaving them debt free, yet somehow different. I’m determined to work hard and pay off all of my debt. My goal is to have all of my student bills paid off within a year of graduation. I will work hard, I will pay it off, and the entire experience will inevitably change me. And hopefully I’ll get an A on this project. ; )
I’ve been fascinated with the way children draw people since freshman year. I wrote a paper about how children can reveal psychological aspects about themselves through a simple drawing. For example, if a child doesn’t draw a mouth on their self portrait, they usually feel like they don’t have a voice. It really makes sense. So for my photography project, I decided to take a child-like drawing and bring it to life.