About this submission

My father's history of documenting me is something I am still unpacking for myself, and a recent reconnection with him after years of estrangement made these themes all the more present in my life. When asked to create a self portrait for my film class, I began to reflect on my relationship self documentation in light of the events in the film. Candlelight was originally chosen as sole lighting source due to technical constraints, but it quickly became a metaphor for how trauma is reignited and then dissipates, whether voluntarily or involuntarily.

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