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Me, Myself and Eye


Me, Myself and Eye Home   //  Leslie Elsasser - Introduction   //  Selina Roman - Mind Currents   //  Michael Ball   //  TC Bryant   //  Larry Busby   //  David Canaday   //  Michael Congdon   //  Brandie Dziegiel   //  Loretta Fields   //  Jeaniel Image   //  Douglas Eric Jordan   //  Valerie Larson   //  John Leduc   //  Jason Lind   //  Mikko Maki   //  Alex Martinez   //  Matias   //  Noemys McConnell   //  Megan O’Connell   //  Robert Ortega   //  Adaina Plaza   //  Pat Randall   //  Heather Rivera   //  RaeAnne Swanson   //  Michael Webb


Adaina Plaza, No Filter, 2020

Adaina Plaza, No Filter, 2020


No Filter 

Photography has become a vital part of everyday life. Many make money from their photos, others use photography as a means of staying connected and sharing with those closest to them, while others use it to relay information. But one thing is for sure, photos are essential to mankind. What would history look like without photography? If it wasn’t for photography, we would not have history, we would not know what Abraham Lincoln looked like or more importantly our ancestors. The pictures we take now will be the memories for our grandkids and their kids once we are gone. It allows us to not be forgotten. Photography is such an underappreciated art. Photographers risk their lives to get pictures that we view today, from those who took pictures of Nazis and death camps to those who took pictures as the Twin Towers fell. If these pictures didn’t exist there could be speculation whether it happened or not, but the proof is in the picture. 

I recently learned about “Visual Storytellers.” We have all heard the saying “Pictures are worth a thousand words” right? Well, our pictures tell a story. That picture of you and your best friend sporting a painfully massive smile that stretches the football field, begs the question—what were they smiling about? Did something funny or exciting just happen? Are they posing for a photoshoot? Are they telling each other jokes? Although we may never know, it was an intimate happy moment between two people that they will forever be reminded of when they look at that photo. 

Pictures can tell a lot about someone whether they are masking or not. My images show that I didn’t worry about taking the perfect picture when I traveled. It’s true, I would snap a picture so I could say I was there and look back, but I wouldn’t spend a lot of time finding the right angle, position, lighting, pose, etc. But I see the value in quality pictures. I want beautiful amazing pictures, but I also don’t want it to consume my travels. 

Over the course of this class, the most important thing I took away from the workshop is appreciation. I learned to appreciate the pictures I took. I learned to put a little more effort into them and use my individualism and personality as the inspiration behind my pictures. These pictures will be my legacy when I am gone not my money nor my things but “me.” 

Photography is a form of expression and self-identity. I am trying to convey that my photograph and myself are unedited with filters or makeup application. I feel like today’s society believes that beauty standards require “when hair is done, nails did” and a full face of makeup applied, for someone to be beautiful. I think they got it all wrong. When one can take all that stuff off and look at one’s self and be happy with what they see...that’s a beauty!!! 

Sometimes a photograph is beautiful thanks to the position and what the camera saw. We often live life from the sole perspective of our eyes; a 6’7 man will always see from the top looking down or a baby will always be looking up. I just thought about the different perspectives viewed from the camera and “wow this is how small animals and bugs see the world;” lol, what a beautiful view. 



Adaina Plaza, Who Knows? 2020

Adaina Plaza, Who Knows? 2020

Adaina Plaza, Slant, 2020

Adaina Plaza, Slant, 2020



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Breaking Barriers 2020 is supported by the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Love IV Lawrence, Hillsborough Arts Council, and the Florida Department of State.