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Photo taken by first-time contributor Elijah Weerts, a 20-year-old photography student. People have always seen him as the outgoing, fun to be around, positive kid all through his life. He wasn’t ever “allowed” to be sad or at least he felt that he had to be the person who made everyone feel better. He thought that if he showed that he was sad that he was letting people down. Elijah has been a photography major for the past four semesters of college, and every time he does self-portraits people seem to respond to them very emotionally. Whether it be happy, uncomfortable, or sad, people are drawn to them. Photography allows him to show how he is feeling without having to say anything. It lets all of him be shown in a way people can somehow relate to and that’s what he gets passionate about. He wants people to feel something when they see his images. He wants people to actually stop and think about who they are.
About this photo: “Originally this photograph was going to be just me in my swimsuit looking sad and bummed out for a sort of ironic comical effect. Seeing as my beach shower curtain captured quite the attention to me and the fact that I had a beach towel on the towel rack I decided to change it up. I had a tribal looking mask that my girlfriend had given me and I created a make shift necklace and staff made the scene even more outrageous than it already was.
I feel that in life sometimes we need comic relief because so many times we find ourselves overwhelmed with the world’s burdens. Sometimes we need to actually use our imagination and leave our busy lives for just a moment.”