#1: The Pink Parachute Project: Windswept
The Pink Parachute Project
Digital Photograph, printed on fine art paper
11.5” x 17.5” print
17" x 23” matted and framed
UV protected glass
Description: To me a parachute, represents substantial material, that which creates resistance and slows us down as we fall. In our society the color pink is assigned to the female gender. When I add parachute and pink together, immediately what comes to mind is the resistance internal and external that women face, held back based on inequality. On the other hand, I feel strongly that the pink parachute symbolizes beauty, hope, and safety.
A parachute does much more than just stopping one from falling willy nilly. It shines in the light, moves in flux of the air, and gives a positive wind resistance enabling one to control their landing on safe ground, exactly where one wants to go. Beauty, grace and strength hold tight in the wind.
Women bear life. Like a tree whose roots run deep and hold the earth around it together, women are the roots of society and civilization. We make the difference for future generations. Like a parachute, we take charge of our direction, steering it to land where we choose. The parachute can be thought of as an anchor, or as a tool to help reach a destination. The destination I am aiming for is full-on equality.
Get to Know the Austin Artist:
Teodora Pogonat is an award-winning, published fine art and portrait photographer. Born in Bucharest, Romania, and raised in Miami, she settled in Austin in 2000. Her photographic style is strongly influenced by the multi-cultural environment she grew up in, and from extensive domestic and international travel.
After leaving a career as an electrical engineer in 2013, Teodora transitioned to professional photography. She earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in Professional Photography with a minor in portrait and wedding. She is a candidate for a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) accreditation, granted by the National Professional Photographers Association.