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This image features photographic artist, Jaeda DeWalt, posing with model, A.K. and is a part of the DeWalt Gallery collection. Image was created using a digital camera and a self-timer. Wardrobe, hair and make-up also created by Jaeda DeWalt.
About this image:
My childhood has been surfacing a lot lately, in my dreams… i grew up in an emotionally barren family. I was the only one that was emotional and sensitive. My family didn’t know how to respond to me. Not having my feelings acknowledged, nurtured or heard, was very painful for me, as a young girl. Eventually, i learned to hide my feelings and build walls around them, when dealing with my family.
My father is emotionally deaf by default. He has an engineers mind and his mental mechanics don’t allow for emotions. My mother has feelings but she is cold and shut down from them. I’m guessing that is her way of coping with her own abusive childhood.
It is these memories that compelled me to create this image. Creating continues to be a healing and cathartic experience for me :).