22-year-old preschool teacher Foteini Zaglara is based in Greece. Here she reveals the secrets behind Teardrop, her emotive self-portrait
I’m madly in love with photography and storytelling. My journey into photography started in 2014 when my parents bought me my first camera – a Nikon D3200. At the beginning I was experimenting a lot, but after a while I started teaching myself everything about photography and Photoshop.
Also, that year, I moved to Ioannina due to my studies, and I was too shy to ask others to pose for me, so that’s when self-portraiture came into my life. Self-portraiture, for me, is a kind of therapy and at the same time a way to express and accept myself.
Teardrop is inspired by a quote by one of my favourite writers, Sylvia Plath. I think that I have a secret connection with her because she was a woman who was feeling deeply.
I made this image after a heartbreak. I was like a bomb full of emotions, trying to find a way to express them. I think sometimes social media only shows us one side of the coin: how happy and successful people are. but what about the other side? What about being vulnerable, feeling sad because you lost your job or someone you love? I want people to feel something when they look at my photographs.
I shot this image in my bedroom with natural light, and for the teardrop I put glue on my face (my skin had a red line on it for a whole day afterwards…) and then I played with colours on Photoshop, and, voila…
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