all my flowers grew back as thorns

Chimera: a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusionary or impossible to achieve.

Hurt. It’s an emotion that rarely shows up online. When it does, it’s often in the form of a passive aggressive Facebook status, never really explored until it’s been processed and packaged for consumption.

Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture.  Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture.

“I recently photographed a project that has grown over the course of the past five years for me. I wanted to find a way to express some of the pain and emotion I’ve gone through — that many of have gone through — but don’t generally show online. I wanted it to be rough, ugly, and truly raw, but also to expand on the “beauty in the breakdown” cliche. This shoot finally came to fruition after I went through a recent hardship and needed a way to channel that pain in a healthy way.” — Kate Jacobson

Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture. Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture. Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture.

“I started by collecting images for inspiration that resonated with the emotion I wanted to portray. I sat on this project for such a long time because I wanted to make sure I had the right person to model for the photos, but I also really wanted to find a makeup artist who could make realistic wounds.”

Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture.

Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture.Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture.

” ‘Chimera’ resonates because it’s impossible to always be 100% well, and social media —more often than not— can give the illusion of someone’s life being so much more than it actually is.”

Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture.  Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture.Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture.

Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture.

Online Community exploring how millennials live authentically in an internet culture.

Photos: Kate Jacobson (@kate_rosee)
Model: Lina Skrzypczak (@damnlina)
MUA / SFX: Marlene Jimenez (@hello__marz)

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