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@instagram For artist Arielle Bobb-Willis (@ariellebobbwillis), her camera is a tool for empowerment. Arielle’s colorful photographic compositions of contorted human bodies are a response to her battles with depression and also a celebration of “Black joy, self-preservation, empathy, sunny days and peace of mind.”⁣ ⁣ “I’m motivated by healing and the release of fear,” says Arielle. “I would say a big theme in my work is finding healthy ways to be yourself. Freedom is important to me. Working on getting to know myself allowed me to find the confidence to create whatever I want without the imaginary limits I had once accepted in my life.⁣ ⁣ It took a long time for me to give myself permission to be who I am. People will project their fears onto you and to me my work is a physical representation of what it means to reject that in every way,” she says.⁣ ⁣ “The world is filled with so many beautiful voices and perspectives. Limiting that is deeply problematic because it leaves the Black perspective in the hands of others, who have never experienced it. It’s important to understand that Black lives come in all shapes and sizes and we are more than what the world has pigeonholed us to be.⁣ ⁣ We are vibrant and it’s important to spotlight our stories because as you can see our diversity has been pushed to the side for too long. There’s immense power in your sensitivity, your vulnerability and your imagination. Please keep going, I know you can do it. ❤️”⁣ ⁣ #ThisWeekOnInstagram⁣ ⁣ Photo by @ariellebobbwillis
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