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 (daylight and daylight balanced ULites).

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

Confidence

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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, solarized, back, by Iris Debelder

Solarized

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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, young woman, by Iris Debelder, LA

Not sure I understand

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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 woman, LA, by Iris Debelder

Voice inside me

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Haitian-american, black, teen, teenager, young, beautiful, exotic, studio, portrait, portrait photography, studio photography, polka dots, black and white, bw, showing back, profile, girl, young woman, by Iris Debelder, LA

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, by Iris Debelder

A cloud in my mind

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

A delicate truth

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

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, triple exposure, LA, by Iris Debelder, caucasian

Identity

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