#7: The Pink Parachute Project: Bracing And Fighting The Wind
Bracing And Fighting The Wind
The Pink Parachute Project
Digital Photograph, printed on metallic luster paper
8” x 10” print
14" x 17” matted and framed
UV protected glass
Description: As I stood in front of the vast rock formations, dwarfing us in the foreground, I could only think of the issue of double standards women have to navigate every day: our emotions, our looks, our career and family choices - basically every choice we make that defines our lives. At that moment, I wanted to create an image that defines that double-standard with the parachute pulling in two directions. Though the pull is unequal, our young lady stands undeterred pushing forward with power and strength. Women can set their eyes forward and not allow these double standards and judgements to stop them from moving forward. Women can collectively help change the tone and the narrative of the standards.
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.