In the spring of 2018, I wanted to start photographing people with the idea that the subject would choose how they wanted to be represented as an effort to encourage others to reclaim ownership of their self-image. Rather than using my role of photographer to direct who the subject would be in the photographs, I wanted to give the subjects license over their identity. My friend Whitney was the first to participate in this part of the project, and enthusiastically worked with me to conceptualize how she would appear on film. Together we explored the contrast of Whitney’s dark and light sides with balloons in a cemetery, her feelings about her difficult first marriage, and a cheeky tea party on a dirty city sidewalk that captures Whitney’s femininity and grit.