Number 13: The Pink Parachute Project: Grace, Strength & Fortitude
Grace, Strength & Fortitude
The Pink Parachute Project
Digital Photograph, printed on Hahnemuhle paper
14” x 20” print
21" x 27” matted and framed
UV protected glass
Description: While the creative series started out to symbolize the struggles that we as women face, it has also become empowering by reminding women of their strengths. This image showing a woman standing tall against the wind that tries to pull her back, symbolizes the abstract of the intertwined reality women face and the strength we find to push through gender barriers from an early age, be fierce, face uphill battles in every aspect of a woman’s life, all while expected to be graceful, nurturing yet independent, and putting on a public face despite it all.
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.