"Under Ice" photo story by Jenny Thompson
Updated: Nov 15, 2021
Leading up to this creative collaboration, photographer Jenny Thompson put out a call on her social media wanting to explore various nightmare scenarios in photo form.
I reached out to her saying I had an idea to explore a "trapped under ice" storyline. To my delight, she said yes.
That was as far as the concept went.
I went to a craft store, got a sheet of Plexi and some fake snow spray, put on some icy makeup and we met at a local body of water. After surely disturbing some local beach-goers and being unsure if I got any water parasites up my nose, we each went home.
When I received the collection of edits from Jenny, it shocked me how starkly these photos depicted my journey through trauma, specifically as a neglected child.
I have gone through periods of isolation, confusion, hope, failure, wanting to end everything, rage, intense love, shock and horror, and more I cannot describe or remember.
And it's never over. Even when you get "out," it's still not over. It's just beginning.
Endless thank you to Jenny for helping tell a story I didn't even know we were telling.
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