The army has always been a part of Emilia’s life. It provides her with a means to live, but it’s also caused countless stressors that have lessened her quality of life. The army is a motivational factor, but at great psychological costs. In order to keep her job, Emilia has to starve herself not only physically, but mentally. Her mind is in a state of limbo: she desperately needs this job, & desperately wants to be free of her home life, but she is also deeply disenchanted by the army’s system of ruthless physicals & overall micromanagement. As she nears deployment, Emilia also feels alienated by her friends – who know that she’ll be leaving for quite some time, yet don’t seem to realize it.
I wanted to convey ALL of the emotions a soldier feels, & I wanted to create a lasting testament to our friendship – because even I don’t know when I’ll see her next. This is achieved by three different approaches in the project. The first approach is traditional portraits in the studio, highlighting Emilia’s beauty & strength, but also her vulnerability. The second is very stereotypical body shots of Emilia in uniform, but with her conversations with peers covering her face – making her a genderless Every Soldier. & the third is landscapes Emilia will miss – locations that hold fond memories for her. Emilia’s outline is still there, saluting the space. These landscapes are also paired with more conversations thru social media.