21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People

I was playing around with a model when I asked her to just do whatever she wanted into the camera, a sort of personal portrait where she got to choose her actions and what felt right for her. I found her in this position, squeezing her cheeks and forming a sort of O shape with her mouth as she stared down the lens of my camera. It felt powerful, vulnerable … unnerving. It made me feel like she was about to speak, but also cutting herself off from speaking, a contradiction of actions.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: None, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Copyright: © Rona Ahdout