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Catherine was my “part time model” yesterday. I’ve wanted to take some “edgy” photos in one of my favorite abandoned buildings for a couple of years now – and today was the day!! I wanted to explore the light and the contrast of a person dressed up against the decay of the building. She wanted to find a use for her vintage nightgown and do a shoot that was a little more raw than usual. Together I think we captured a few good moments.

At one point I told her that she was very comfortable and natural in front of the camera. She replied – “That’s because you make me look good. This is so good for my self esteem.”

YES!!!! I was so glad to hear that because that’s exactly it!!! As when I started my Portrait Project – my goal is to reflect each person’s beauty back to them. We all have value!! We all deserve some paparazzi. I’m totally against the mainstream media’s definition of beauty – it’s shallow and short lived. Real beauty comes from the essence of a person – the revelation of pain, strength, hope and love in their eyes and wrinkles and imperfections. My desire is to use photography as a tool to empower people to see themselves in a new light so they can embrace and accept exactly who they are right now.

The entire set can be viewed on my Facebook page; Flickr account; or blog.

Nikon d90
manual exposure
1/200 sec
ISO 200
shot in monochrome

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  • Roxanne Persson
    Roxanne Perssonover 2 years ago

    Tanya, your words and your photos are an inspiration for all women! Empowerment through photography. This is good stuff.

  • Thank you Roxanne!! I love how you used three words to describe what I’m trying to do – Empowerment Through Photography might be a good business name or workshop name…or something to that effect. I appreciate your encouragement.

    – Tania Palermo

  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singhover 2 years ago

    So beautiful..

  • Thank you so much Harmeet!

    – Tania Palermo

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