(The Identity of Her)


What is identity?

How does one define their identity?

How does society affect identity?

Why are identities important to who we are?

These questions are maybe simple, but the answers can be very complex, and are deeply rooted within the reflections within all of us from birth to death. Identity affects all aspect of our lives, identity defines who we are as a person from clothing, music, friendships, family, education, and lifegoals; these are all elements that impact our identity. As a teenager growing during a time of social media the concept of identity has become the essence of who one is, and how one defines themselves towards society. Each physical aspect is a connection to our identities.

La Identidad de Ella (The Identity of Her) explores the multiple identities of Anna, through self-expression of her identity during a time of isolation and the years to follow. Through the style of documentary this series exports the visual narrative of Anna’s identity: (teenager, daughter, sister, student, and photographer), and how her identity is defined and expressed.

The focused of this series visually communicate the identities of an American urban

Teenager from a non-self-visual narrative. By exploring the ideas of social identities as labels and a form of empowerment and centralized on not just the identity of a teenager but the environment, and the interpersonal relationships that shape one’s identity.

Anna Vasquez (Bio)

“My name is Anna Vasquez, I am a 17-year-old photographer based in Los Angeles. I was raised in Baldwin Park, California and am currently a Senior at Sierra Vista High School. This is my 9th semester in the Las Fotos Project. I focus on portraiture/self-portraiture, and I use my work as a way of expressing myself. I started my pursuit of photography three years ago by taking pictures of nature and my sister. I have been in a few publications such as Brite Light Magazine, “Migrant Mama” mural and Virtual Reality Experience, GRL mag, and more. Soon, I plan to go to college for photography/art history. One day, I would like to publish a book about my work; showing how far I have come!” – Anna Vasquez