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What They Say

by: Sophia L., 12th Grade, Riverview High School - Sarasota, Florida
teacher: Amy Vangellow

Just because I pretend to LAUGH about it, doesn’t mean I’m fine. Every word leaves a mark.

quote by: Regan E., 11th Grade, Riverview High School - Sarasota, Florida

Artist Statement

The message I want to convey in this photograph has to do with anxiety. It can happen to anyone no matter the gender or age. I wanted to show something that I have struggled with, especially in a large school, and this anxiety can happen anywhere, not just at school. Wondering what people thought of you, whether you meet their standards, whether there is something wrong with you or whether something was on your face. I wanted to tell people that everyone feels this way, that there are others out there who are willing to help, that you can overcome this and walk confidently wherever you go. So hold your head up high and smile.