16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Aijin hakuchō (Mistress Swan)

I take myself way too seriously; I am vulnerable every second a breathe exhales from my lungs. I'd much rather not waste time to explain the depths of meaningfulness behind what I intend to express for it is just an idea and not reality of what happens spiritually nor physically. As someone who would much rather disappear from the ranks of any society, I fight for truth and that's what I intend to photograph. When we make a decision on how we want to express ourselves, it is not a selfish act because if that were the case we would decide to live every day alone ripped from society. Taking the moment to capture the graceful movements of these Swans struck a love note of my past. Not saying any of this has to do with love, but at this moment I felt every bit of it.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Camera: NIKON D300
Copyright: © Edrece Stansberry