#4: The Pink Parachute Project: Swept Away
The Pink Parachute Project
Digital Photography, printed on luster paper
8” x 10” print
13” x 16” matted and framed
UV Protected Glass
Description: This piece was created to symbolize the rise above the perceptions and expectations of physical beauty that media and society pressures women. How would you judge the woman in the image if you were to be told she has a Ph.D., or if she has a G.E.D.? Would you be surprised if she has an engineering degree, is a medical doctor or a CEO? What would you think if the model used for the image were not wearing makeup and was 100lbs heavier? While these double standards can hold women back, women have the power to own their beauty and take control of the perceptions and societal definitions of physical presentation.
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.