Letters to No One

With Letters to No One, I really wanted to touch on some parts of me that I keep secret, locked in my notes, written by me. It’s not that I don’t like these parts of me, but I thought that I could spin them into something more beautiful and artistic. In these “letters” I show internal feelings about a diverse multitude of emotions including love, rage, and confusion. The raw, honest lines I implemented in my photographs are taken from these letters, showing the truths that I often hide. These words are truly meant for no one in particular, but instead my own self at times, as well as a group of people that have weaved in and out of my life: ones who have influenced my art, inspiring or harmful, lovely or unrequited. 

Using candles and a film over my lens, I created an atmosphere that is meant for only one person, sacred and in private. I directed the model to dance, creating a natural, personalized stature. I also wanted to bring in the concept of self-reflection and its importance. Even if it’s just writing a couple lines in a journal (or, like me, typing notes in my phone), expressing one’s thoughts truly sets the mind at ease. By creating Letters to No One, I hope that someone viewing it can relate and begin their own routine of self-reflection and understanding.

By Anova Hou
Modeled by Geneva F

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