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Ria Vaidya: Blinding

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Photography and Tex by Ria Vaidya, Copyright 2017

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BLINDING

When you first see a person, you notice certain things about them. Their race, height and gender are some of the first few obvious ones. But the things that make an individual striking versus bland are things like their style, mannerisms and their overall vibe. People therefore are to an extent in control of what vibe they give off. But the problem is, there are certain things that you can’t really hide. When you are angry, your jaw clenches up. When you try and hold back your tears, your voice gets shaky. When you are happy, your eyes light up. In fact, it is said that your eyes are the most emotive form of communication. The eyes dominate expression and while your words might say one thing, your eyes can only hide so much. Some even go as far as to say that your eyes are like a window to your soul. But what if you don’t want that window to be open all the time? What if you want to be able to keep the walls up as much as possible? People have their ways of keeping the blinds on their lives closed. So if you have the opportunity to create a barrier between your most telling feature and the rest of the world, wouldn’t you choose too? Perhaps it is a crutch. Or perhaps it is simply just a trendy fashion accessory.

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Photo by Ria Vaidya, Copyright 2017

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Portrait of Ria Vaidya by Linda Ruan, Copyright 2017.

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About The Artist: Ria Vaidya is a Senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2018.

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