“It is an anxious, sometimes dangerous thing to be a doll. Dolls cannot choose; they can only be chosen; they cannot do; they can only be done by.” Rumer Godde
If your first impression on viewing my images is one of discomfort or shock, even to a degree that makes your face contort as if you are watching a horror movie, my message will have been conveyed.
Why dolls? For me, dolls symbolise all the broken people of the world. Nobody wants a broken doll. A broken doll often finds itself gathering dust in the trash, or for sale at a flea market. I pick them up and use them as tools to deliver a message.
Children are the silent victims of alcoholism.
The inspiration for this series came after I had read about and visited Dolls’ Island which is located South of Mexico City.
As for the story behind it, a young girl drowned, and a man named Julian could not save her. He then noticed a floating doll in the same spot where the girl had drowned. He then hung it up as a sign of respect to the girl. He felt the girl was haunting him and began to hang as many dolls as possible to appease her spirit. Apparently he also drowned in the same spot as the girl. Crazy, right?
My images convey the message of people “damaged” by the horrors of gender-based violence, child abuse, anxiety, mental disorders, etc.
I see broken dolls as representative of a fragile mind. These fragments can be interpreted both physically and mentally.
“Depression weighs you down like a rock in the water. You don’t stand a chance. You can fight and pray and hope you have the strength to swim, but sometimes, you have to let yourself sink. Because you’ll never know true happiness until someone or something pulls you back out of the water — and you’ll never believe it until you realize it was you, yourself, who saved you.”Alysha Speer
Festive times such as Christmas or Easter can be somewhat traumatic for some children. Parents/family often take a break over these periods, and children fall victim to their choices. These children are deprived of certain norms enjoyed by others such as receiving presents, or even a tree during Christmas, or receiving an Easter Egg during Easter.
I hope my photos serve as reminders of these things we often take for granted.
In a way victims of abuse are like dolls, they did not choose their fate but fate chose them.
“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”Laurell K Hamilton
Through these words, I hope all victims in the world know that people are thinking about them and care about them!
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