The Chasing Color Project is a photojournalism series that focuses on the experiences of people of color (PoC) living in America. Racial and ethnic identities are at the center, but the project asks participants to examine who they are at all angels, which includes, but is not limited to, sexuality, gender, nationality, class, and other facets of their choosing.
I started this project in 2018 when I picked photography back up. I wanted to take it seriously, but it had been some time since I’d held a camera, so I took to Instagram to find what photography looked like. Unfortunately, it was difficult to find photographers who were not white men and subjects who were not white women. I set out to make my own representation and content I wanted to see more of.
I’ve always loved hearing stories from other PoC because it’s fascinating how different we all look but how similar our experiences can be on the sole premise our skin has color— immigrant parents who preach working twice as hard to be half as good, built communities of chosen family, learning “otherness” at a young age, college admissions, and other experiences.
It’s about visibility. It’s about storytelling. It’s about decolonizing the gaze. It’s the idea that our narratives have the power to make someone else feel seen, to show that we aren’t alone in our experiences. It’s how our narratives offer a perspective beyond the usual scope of our lives, that our differences are to be celebrated, not feared.
The Chasing Color Project strives to be inclusive of underrepresented gender identities. Visibility reminds others that there are real humans, breathing, living, and loving, with experiences different from theirs; visibility is a step towards validation and respect. Queer people exist. People of color exist. Queer people of color exist. Just because you do not see these stories told and these people portrayed in mainstream media does not make these people any less real. This project gives the opportunity for people to create their own representation. Representation gives narratives that inherent value, either the resonation that someone else has felt the same way or a new perspective beyond the usual scope of our lives.
By Gerrie Lim.
In my last spring break, I disappeared for a night. While I suspect that this was the second time I’ve been roofied, I’ll probably never know for sure. After waking up in a strange place and returning home, I saw the damage that I believe I had caused--the tears and panic in my mom’s eyes, my boyfriend sitting in the driveway crying as he waited for me to come home. I don’t know what happened that night.
One might think the goal of a lingerie company would be to sell lingerie. But it seems Victoria’s Secret is more focused on selling an ideal image of beauty to its consumer rather than quality bras. Unfortunately, whether Razek prefers it or not, the straight, cisgender, leggy and thin white woman does not represent the majority of the United States population
In today’s era of reckoning, strength, and empowerment, it is important to remember the generations of powerful women who fought for equality and contributed to the victories that we have captured, as well as those that we will continue to pursue.
This self-portrait series highlights different insecurities and flaws that should be seen as pieces of art instead of something to be ashamed of. Each image represents a different “flaw” society tells us we need to change or cover up. Instead of hiding these “flaws,” embrace them.
Femininity and the expression of the feminine has been confusingly (and sometimes misguidedly) reflected in our society, its image ricocheting across surfaces of different textures and layers with different purposes--sometimes empowering, sometimes demeaning, sometimes both? We examine the complicated relationship behind feminine power and its intention.
Illustrator Mary Sutton notes that putting yourself out there and speaking your mind can be difficult, especially as a woman. Exposing her work, an extension of herself, to others has always been something that she’s especially struggled with. In an era where all our lives are available online, however, everything we do is trackable and therefore judge-able. Successes and failures can be broadcast with equal permanence.
Designer Olivia Jimenez’s series is meant to point to women in history while cementing them around us. In so doing, she hopes to remove the boundaries of the historical figure by making them as fluid and resilient as the sky or sea or the natural world at large.
Street harassment is a prevalent issue for women and young girls in every society. In one survey, 65% of women in the United States reported being harassed on the street. Mary Sutton depicts street harassment through the common phrase, “You Should Smile More” with a series of drawings.