USA Collaborative - Nebraska
Earlier this year I was asked to
take part in a wonderful collaborative event with photographers from all
over the country.
Our project this year was entitled: "Perfectly Imperfect".
Amidst all the discussions on what we should think about capturing, Nebraskans were going through some of the worst floods ever seen across the whole state. People were loosing homes, businesses, fields, live stock...even their very lives at the hands of these floods.
Talks of a rise in bankruptcy and suicide rates due to these struggles began, and the hashtag Nebraska Strong become a truth to a lot of us in this state. A reminder that we will survive this and come out stronger than ever.
So when the concept of "Perfectly Imperfect" was decided upon, I knew I had to show the nation what Nebraska Strong means to me, and I placed a model call for "survivors".
Now for me, a survivor could be anyone that has been through their own personal hell and back, only be become stronger from it. And these beautiful women answered my call.
Each had such an amazing survivor story to tell, and despite the fact
that each survived completely different obstacles, all had the exact
same statement while telling me their stories....
"I went through depression..."
Often times when someone says they are a survivor of XYZ illness/accident/disease, we look for physical scars. We forget that scars aren't always visible, and that those invisible scars run much deeper within us than any other scar. They alter us in ways that no one can see.
With all that Nebraska has gone through and is still going through, I wanted to show the world these five beautifully strong Nebraskan woman. They have seen the darkness and fought back.
Maggie, a stage 4 cancer survivor and bone morrow transplant recipient.
April & Star, childhood physical, sexual and mental abuse survivors.
Candy & Aggie, a severe car accident and loss of a sister/daughter survivors.
Each has physical and mental scars.
Each chooses to wake up everyday, stronger.
Each knows that their scars are only part of their story.
Each is beautiful inside and out.
Each is "Perfectly Imperfect".
For further sessions from the USA Collaborative, please check out the following Facebook posts:
Colorado - https://www.facebook.com/.../a.10587.../2566550333410555/...
Connecticut - https://www.facebook.com/.../a.16451.../2492385917658263/...
Florida - https://www.facebook.com/kimberly.../posts/2504272416475795/
Kansas - https://www.facebook.com/.../a.412700312.../2732978280059153
Mississippi - https://www.facebook.com/heavenonheelsphotography/posts/2378390109044110
South Dakota - https://www.facebook.com/FarabeesFotos/posts/664389654038193