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Memories, hope, change  by Kate Sax

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These photographs portray the diversity of emotions a refugee experiences during their journey. Refugees experience hardship and trauma but eventually, for most, the journey brings them to a safer environment. During the journey a refugee experiences a range of emotions, ranging from grief to fear to despair and to hope and relief, all are experienced at some stage in the journey of moving on. In my photos I have tried to portray these emotions as accurately and realistically as possible. The blanket used in every photo symbolizes a safety barrier, emphasizing the girls need for warmth and comfort. The barb wire represents the feeling of being “trapped” and the harshness of life as a refugee. The suitcase signifies the journey from her homeland to a safer place. Inside the suitcase objects such as coins, immigration papers are a symbol of the process of moving on. By placing some barb wire and the blanket in the suitcase it suggests that even though the young girl is not physically “trapped” anymore and needing a sense of safety, she will always carry memories of her past with her.

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