This project started as an attempt to document my life as I navigated through taxing changes and transitions, as I awaited an exciting new life. I started to realize, through the process of photographing myself and looking closely at how I represent and conceptualize my own image, that the act of these photographs stood as a statement of my presence in that moment, proof that it existed and my acknowledgement that I experienced it, no matter how much I wanted it to pass, or forget that it happened. I realized the freedom of experiencing the present, noticing myself and how I progress through time as it passes. 

Madeline Zappala is a photographer living and working in Boston. She is currently working towards her Masters of Fine Arts at the School at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She works in an intimate, personal documentary style of photography, exploring interpersonal relationships and what it means to be transitioning into adulthood in this contemporary cultural climate. See more of her work at zappalaphoto.tumblr.com.