Coming of age in a complicated world.

Viergela and Layla are teenagers, slowly growing into womanhood.

Growing up in a world where everything is connected, where there seem to be no limitations and where opinions manifest incessantly, it is a delicate and difficult exercise to find oneself & to find balance. How will their past, their present and future be connected? How can they listen to their own voice?

The polka dot background, symbolizing the overwhelming effect of the connected dots, creating at times a bit of an hallucinating effect, also have a nostalgic meaning to me.

Portraits are taken in studio with mixed lighting.

Haitian-american, black, teen, teenager, young, beautiful, exotic, studio, portrait, portrait photography, studio, polka dots, black and white, bw, frontal, girl, Iris Debelder, conceptual, LA, arms crossed, short hair

Confidence

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Haitian-american, black, teen, teenager, young, beautiful, exotic, studio, portrait, portrait photography, studio photography, polka dots, black and white, bw,  girl, shell, young, LA, Iris Debelder, conceptual, short hair

Voice inside me

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Haitian-american, black, teen, teenager, young, beautiful, exotic, studio, portrait, portrait photography, studio, polka dots, black and white, bw, girl, young woman, back, Iris Debelder, conceptual, short hair, contrasty

No more unreliable

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Haitian-american, black, teen, teenager, young, beautiful, exotic, studio, portrait, portrait photography, studio, polka dots, black and white, bw, monochrome, profile, girl, Iris Debelder, LA, conceptual, short hair

Not sure I understand

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Haitian-american, black, teen, teenager, young, beautiful, studio, portrait, portrait photography, studio photography, polka dots, black & white, bw, showing back,  girl, young woman, Iris Debelder, LA, conceptual, short hair

Two way street

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teen, teenager, young, beautiful, studio, portrait, portrait photography, studio, polka dots, black and white, bw, young girl, sixteen, pale complexion, long hair, double exposure, looking down, LA, Iris Debelder, conceptual

A cloud in my mind

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teen, teenager, young, beautiful, studio, portrait, portrait photography, polka dots, black and white, bw, young girl, sixteen, pale complexion, long hair, freckles, Iris Debelder, LA, caucasian, conceptual

A delicate truth

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teen, teenager, young, caucasian, studio, portrait, portrait photography, polka dots, black and white, bw, young girl, sixteen, pale complexion, long hair, mirror, reflection, LA, Iris Debelder, conceptual

Angel contemplate my fate

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teen, teenager, young, studio, portrait, portrait photography, studio photography, polka dots, black and white, bw, young girl, sixteen, pale complexion, long hair, double exposure, LA, Iris Debelder, caucasian, conceptual

Identity

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