21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Artistic
Echoes - self portrait with plants

The "Echoes" project is a personal visual story about the way I perceive reality and how this perception depends on my psychological well-being. The way we perceive external stimuli results directly from our internal balance or lack of this balance. My visual story is a form of artistic therapy that responds to my search for myself. A search for myself that I sometimes forget, sometimes lose. And I need to get back to myself, so all would be just good. Self-portraits are a visual interpretation of my lack of adjustment to the surrounding reality. I focus on the feelings associated with an excess of tactile and auditory stimuli.

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Date Taken: 10.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Kornik, Poland
Copyright: © Aldona Ciesla