Natalie Arriola Photography
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The Menagerie

This series of images sort of sprung up of its own accord. I created a couple portraits with a dear friend of mine which were heavily influenced by the imagery in the 1928 French silent film La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc). If you’re a movie geek like me, you may know that this film is widely respected for its spectacular minimalist imagery, as well as the unearthly performance of French actress Renée Jeanne Falconetti. My friend, Hannah, is someone who I perceive as a fierce and powerful feminine force. She is someone I deeply respect and admire for her tenacious and independent spirit. Portraying her after this classic symbol of feminine will, perseverance, and resistance seemed like the perfect way to capture the juxtaposition of vulnerability and strength which I believe forges a truly unbreakable spirit.

The images which have followed likewise explore the enduring prowess of the feminine through classic symbols surrounding femininity.