Embracing Vulnerability

We passively observe our daily lives through a smartphone. We recognize the person depicted in the selfie, but it’s not us. We put our flawless bodies on display. We master self-censorship, and choose wisely which facetes to show. We capture our perfect, staged life and share it. The worse we feel, the more we post. Have you ever felt really uncomfortable with someone, but kept talking to them simply because you’re afraid of awkward moments of silence? Until you realize that the person you are not comfortable with is yourself.

We’re all desperately waiting for notifications; checking by the minute. We don’t want to pretend anymore. We are tired of turning the profane into thumb stopping content sacred to our followers. Attention is a highly addictive medicine against self-doubt, but maybe it’s not others who objectify us. Every “like” is an imperative to produce more content! To entertain us! The more the gap between our insecurity and the flawless representation widens, the more we lose ourselves; we don’t even believe our own lies. We are tired of keeping up with the tempo of the feed.

No one wants to talk vulnerability, and so with this project we want to start conversations. To many people, vulnerability means shame and embarrassment. To us, it means being open about your failures and grief, embracing your imperfections, showing a willingness to be brave, putting your all into something without the confirmation that you’ll get anything back. We live in a hugely vulnerable world that often fails to embrace its vulnerability and the full spectrum of emotion, instead responding with anger. If people viewed vulnerability as a strength rather than a weakness, our society would be dramatically different. We think there’s a strong power in being vulnerable.

Words by Heather Glazzard & Lorenz Hartwig
Edited by Ella Otomewo
Photos by Heather Glazzard