Photography and Text by Sharon Wang, Copyright 2021
Wild at Heart
The question goes, what does it mean to be a woman?
Her responsibilities and expectations from society. Women began their journey of smashing the stereotypes years ago, but the suppression still exists in many places around the world. This series was born to praise the beauty of women, aim to reconstruct some concept to live as a woman, and most essentially celebrate all the wild dreams women have in heart.
Marriage for women, they say, is a new start,
But why is it not an expectation for their male counterparts?
The first head piece, a veil, is an obvious metaphor for being a bride. At one point, marriage was considered to be the sole goal for a woman. They are also expected to spend more effort in maintaining this relationship. Unfortunately, it is still true in some places and a lot of women don’t even have the autonomy to decide what they want with their marriage, or even who to love. From the photos, we can see a mixture of desperation, fear and anger from the model’s eyes, challenging the traditional notion of marriage.
From what society expects, it’s worlds apart, That women are being too smart.
The second head piece is a fun, glamorous and shiny piece. Its existence seems as if women are being suffocated on the head, of some fancy things from the outside. The head piece is like the non-existent limitations of things that people think women are not capable of. Turns out, things are the same for whatever gender.
“Someone will remember us, I say, even in another time,” believed Sappo. But I want the accomplishments and beauty to be celebrated now. And to actualize it, possibly with art.
I shoot the model in a relatively mysterious place, presenting the “wild” thoughts in the actual wilderness.
But after all, how do women ever get to depart? And follow that wilderness in heart.
About The Author: Sharon Wang recently finished her sophomore year at Haverford College, Haverford, Pa. To see additional articles by Sharon Wang, click here: https://tonywardstudio.com/blog/william-wegman-in-review/