When I was young, I was often told to stand as tall as an oak tree. Women in the area of the United States where I was raised were depicted as standing tall, straight and elegant. I instead stood with my shoulders curved.
Many woman, myself included, struggle with their identity and the traditional expectations placed on what it means to be female. With that being said, we all have this inherent connection to nature, and to ourselves. Sometimes either one or both of these relationships are forgotten, silenced, or misguided.
This series of photos analyzes what it means to be a woman, survivor of sexual assault, and independent of the male gaze. This ongoing project, “Tall as an Oak Tree,” is my way of not only saying “Me Too,” but that myself and other women are far from being silenced. I hope that my photos assist others who have gone through something similar that they do have a voice, and that voice matters.