In 1886 Karl Benz created the first gasoline powered automobile and cars remain to be primarily designed by male engineers. As time progressed, cars grew and revolved around men, granting them mobility, while forcing women to believe they weren’t as capable controlling a vehicle themselves. SHOTGUN explores a photo narrative of a female character who struggles with control and embraces the pleasure and pain caused by intimacy. Power plays a crucial role in my photographs in addition to the symbol of the car. I am making this work to understand intimacy, as well as understanding power.
With these photographs I question intimacy and power; the power of women in relation to the power of men. The power we give other people and the power we demand. The power of memory and the mind. What we chose to remember and the moments we cannot erase. The power of love. The power of anxiety and the power of impermanence. The power it takes to just.. let go. www.brittanypetronellaphotography.com