Chosen poem prompt: For there is always light / If only we are brave enough to see it / If only we are brave enough to be it
Statement: My photograph is a collage of four photographs I’ve previously taken. The yellow hydrangeas (replicating the iconic color of Gorman’s inaugural outfit) symbolizes the “American Dream,” but the window placed among the flowers speaks to the inaccessibility yet seeming tangibility of that dream to Americans from marginalized or minority communities. The placement of Savannah (the little girl, also wearing yellow) outside of the window and among the hydrangeas, then, represents the hope that Gorman – and, by extension, the Biden administration – provides to little black girls and to any underrepresented individual. Gorman’s presence (her light) empowers Savannah to manifest her own light. The “American Dream” is ours for the making. Also collaged into the image is a photograph of a yellow (yes, again) flower that contains a bee, an insect that exemplifies community, growth, and dedication – all of which are necessary in order to be brave enough to be a light.