Our culture influences our personal attributes, including our choices, aspirations, and values. Though each cultural group is fundamentally connected through similar experiences related to triumphs and tragedies, our traditional customs foster creativity in solutions, ideas or unique perceptual and cognitive perspectives.
As a student majoring in psychology, I believe that recognizing a culture’s mythos and appreciating symbolic meanings found within traditional teachings is fundamental for understanding human interaction or deconstructing cultural barriers. With this photographic series, I wanted to incorporate my research on mythology and traditional stories into a series that illuminates the cultural diversity of San Jose State University.
To symbolically meld together traditional culture and modernity, I imitated the characteristics of painterly portraiture with the use of modern studio lighting techniques. The product of this idea is a representation of diversity. This series is comprised of portraits of SJSU students who each represent a significant mythological or folklore character from their ancestry. During my last semesters as an undergraduate student, I hope to continue to explore the diversity within the student and faculty body of San Jose State University.