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Entry Title: "Holding On"
Lydia Panas
, United States
Category and Expertise: Fine Art-Portrait, Professional

Entry Description: ‘Holding On’ is a series of portraits that explores the need for human connection, and the tenuous and fragile nature of relationships.

In this series I ask the models to bring people upon whom they depend. The pictures attempt to depict the veiled and unspoken part of relationships, where we navigate our hopes and vulnerabilities.

Through the camera, I explore my own perceptions of love and expectations. Making a portrait is an exchange of enormous longing; and about wanting to be close. Looking at one another, we drop our facades, and for a few moments, we understand each other perfectly.