Domestic abuse is a pattern of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviours used to establish control over another person, including but not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse. This includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage. Domestic abuse still remains a taboo across many cultures.
'Speak Out’ is an ongoing photography project focusing on women - survivors of domestic violence.
The project highlights and raises awareness of those multiple layers, in addition, it serves to amplify the voices of women who have taken a stand and broken the silence about their personal experiences of domestic abuse and its devastating effects – and the journey to move forward, not as victims, but as survivors.
My scoliosis and Poland Syndrome conditions led to a negative and distorted body image of myself. I’m on a quest to understand the effect of deformities on body image whilst advocating for body positivity – the acceptance of all bodies regardless of physical ability, size, gender, race, or appearance.
People rarely talk about the emotional side of scoliosis like many physical disabilities. Most conversations focus on the medical aspects: how fast the curves progress and which treatments are effective. Yet for people with scoliosis, the emotional effects are as real as the physical ones. This goes on into adulthood subsequently affecting self-image. How one dresses, clothing that would show the spine curvature and in cases like in mine, very obvious protruding scapula wing were to be avoided. Prior to the surgery, I would never put any open back clothing and even normal clothes like anything tight around my upper body would make me very self-conscious affecting my self-esteem and my body-image. This project celebrates my personal freedom to finally show my back with no negative emotions.