Portraits of People

By Josephine Cardin

Portraits of People is an ongoing series capturing that essence of who we are as human beings. Comprised of images and an interview, subjects are photographed while being asked a series of life related questions. The series aims to not just discover one another, but more so, to show the connection that exist between all of us as it relates to those shared human experiences and emotions. Regardless of backgrounds, religion, politics, values and beliefs, we all can relate to this experience called life.
Society has conditioned us to judge one another based on looks, money, status, race, and beliefs; but when those variables are stripped and we take the time to listen to another's story, we'll realize there is far more that connects us than that which makes us different.
“As a teenager I suffered from depression. I used to cry myself to sleep and that's when I felt most alone. It was discovering my faith that helped me out of it, and it’s what keeps me from going back to that place.”
“I think apathy, indifference, and nothingness is worse than death.  Even when people hate something there’s passion behind that.”  
“I’m still holding onto heartbreak, it's just a weird process. Some of my recent heartbreak feels like a mystery to me, but I guess that’s usually the way it is.”
"You know yourself better than anyone, so you know what you're capable of and what you want to achieve, but if you don't believe in yourself it's self sabotaging."
"I'm definitely holding onto some emotions and things from the past I can't let go of. It's hard to let go of what could've been."
"If I could talk to the younger version of myself I'd tell her to let go a little more. Not everything has to be perfect. You can learn to laugh at yourself and not worry so much about how things will work out because they always do."
"Sometimes I go to a mental place where I'm really hard on myself and it doesn't feel like me. I don't like myself when I'm like that."
"My last two years of high school I got made fun of mercilessly for being from the middle of nowhere. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs from my older sister. I went to a boarding school, on scholarship, where people had a lot of money. They let me know I didn’t fit in."
"I'm trying to let go of frustration and anger pertaining to people that do only what's best for them. I can’t blame anyone for looking out for themselves, but I’m a big believer in loyalty."
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