The Concept of Vulnerability

I came up with the concept for this series while taking a shower in the community bathroom of my dorm. I was thinking about how lucky I am to be able to shower (as silly as that sounds) and how much truly happens while in the shower. To elaborate, I believe that many of us become our most genuine and vulnerable selves while we are in the shower. First, we are wet, naked, and virtually defenseless. But beyond this, I think that many of us use showering as a refuge to escape from the real world, and are consequently left with our thoughts. While in the shower, we sing, dance, think, or cry, among many other things. However, what I think it really boiled down to for me was that I am my most vulnerable while in the shower. In the most literal sense, I am vulnerable due to my lack of clothing, but I believe that this vulnerability also comes from the fact that I am left alone with myself and my most genuine thoughts.

I wanted to submit this piece because vulnerability is a significant part of who I am. I truly believe that I reveal my insecurities without hesitation in hopes of making whoever is around me feel that they are not alone. So, this project functions as a kind of self-portrait for me, as well as an exploration of why I believe vulnerability is so beautiful. Vulnerability truly can be scary, but that's what makes it worth it.

By Anna Maestas

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