Julia Cybularz – Breaking The Girl

Interviews with Photographers July 26, 2013 5:11 am

What is the process of collaboration with your niece?

Many times our sessions together begin by discussing ideas and issues that accompany wearing the brace. However, very often the images simply emerge from spending time together. Hannah, my niece, keeps a diary, about her experiences. She shares her thoughts and anxieties about the lengthy process of bracing as she approaches adolescence.

 Is this an ongoing series?

 I do see these images as part of an ongoing and evolving series. At the moment, Hannah is just about to turn twelve. She will need at least two more braces before she is ready for the extensive corrective spinal surgery.  The surgery can only occur once she has reached puberty.  By having to wait until she reaches puberty; she is faced not only with the normal bodily changes that occur during adolescence but many of these changes occur under the veil of the brace.  

Julia Cybularz  -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz  -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz  -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz  -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz  -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz  -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz  -Breaking The Girl

Julia Cybularz -Breaking The Girl

 

(Julia is based in Philadelphia. See more of her work, here)

 

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