Kirby Gladstein is a Los Angeles-based, Houston-born music and portrait photographer documenting the interaction between the human experience and the physical world. She frequently exploits the cathartic nature of self portraiture to open dialogues on mental health and to explore the expression of emotion in an age increasingly dominated by the "social media highlight reel" fallacy.
This collection of 35mm film photographs showcases women from different races, religions, and corners of the world. The first is a Ghanaian community midwife showing off her bare-bones kit for delivering babies. The second image is a self portrait of the artist. The third image of the woman crossing the mural feels like a call for the future; a future in which women don't have to be afraid to walk alone in the dark.