19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Frozen In Lava

The Fine Art Portrait dedicated to Halina, called ‘Frozen in Lava’ tells a story of a woman who was robbed of her words, She lived full of hidden emotions, tryed to put them into words, but there was no one to listen to her. It is also a story of pain, loneliness and incomprehensibility among all those successful people where she became one of the many statistical number in the huge machine of everyday life under pandemic although unspoken words hurt her deeply. Due to the fact that 'big girls don't cry' she had to stay strong and cold on the outside, as she always did despite all the accumulated pain that burned her like lava. As a result her body also began secretly to get sick. However, we still believe in a better, more beautiful future after covid-19, it should not be forgotten that outside the pandemic, there are many people out there who suffering from many physical or mental illnesses (often silently) excluded from participation in our society. Where we are often the only ones who can make visible alteration with our presence: with the right word spoken in time, which can make a difference and change someone's life no matter if our way of speaking is our real voice or the voice of the art we create.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2021
Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: Nieuwegein, Netherlands
Camera: Iphone 7
Copyright: © Pati John