Number 14: The Pink Parachute Project: Dawn of Strength
Dawn of Strength
The Pink Parachute Project
Digital Photograph, printed on metallic luster paper
8” x 10” print
13" x 16” matted and framed
UV protected glass
Description: I created this image to represent that despite the wind pushing us back, we can find safety in the parachute and a place to rest. This image is meant to remind women that they can hold their goals dear to their hearts, stand their ground with grace, and forge ahead undeterred. I felt that we are at the start and forefront of a third Women’s Rights movement. The first being at the turn of the century with the right to vote, the second being in the 60’s & 70’s with the right to work, and now the third being an effort to shatter glass ceilings, change perceptions and find equality in every aspect of our lives. And success of this movement relies on women’s empowerment to persist and persevere.
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.