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Photo taken by 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: “Just the other day I decided to go on a little adventure on my own to the antique mall in my town. I was in there for a good hour or two just looking for neat things to photograph and I came across this. It was simple, symmetrical, and quaint. I love the touch of the little price tags, but I also love the calm colors and the overall feel of the photograph. To me it feels inviting. Like it’s right above a fireplace in a wood cabin and someone is getting ready to tell a story. I love to make a photograph feel warm and welcoming, but I love it even more when it makes me feel that way.”