"During this chaotic time of pain and suffering, I was creatively looking to vent pent-up frustrations about the state of our world. My initial and idealistic hope was to create a safe place for unrestrained emotional release, an airway to breathe if you will. Through a therapeutic lens, I was able to take in screams of stirring anger and cascading tears of sorrow and turn them into beautifully brokeN imagery. Capturing the raw human experience is like extracting the inner passion of a pulsating heart and holding it out in front of you. The experience for me was life changing. It allowed me to connect with people during a time of isolation. It was important for me to establish a free platform for individuals to share their experience during these trying times. I have the utmost gratitude and respect for those who trusted me with their vulnerability and allowed me to give others a glimpse into their current mindsets."
Journey into chaos
"The neglect to humanity and our planet has finally caught up with us. We’ve long ignored signs of racial injustice, climate change, and economic instability. COVID-19 has now unleashed its fury on the world. People have lost their lives, their livelihoods, and optimism for the future. Our lack of leadership in the US has ignited a septic narrative of uncertainty and fear. The people in the brokeN series express this very sentiment. They confronted the truth about loss, defeat, pain, and survival. My hope is that in the process they discovered what they are made of. Perhaps we needed a wake-up call, but was the price for enlightenment to high?"
"As emotional sirens, tears, and fears sweep through a divided world, images of our struggle will forever be etched into vulnerable hearts and minds. It’s difficult to breathe when we have to choke down inhumane responses to natural disasters and civil unrest. The sad truth about humanity is that we refuse to end prejudice and disharmony, which only makes things that are out of our control more unbearable. This set of pics are among my favorites. There is something so primal in the act of screaming. It unleashes the beast that primitively lies suppressed by social accord. The first month I shot this, one of the subjects completely lost it while barring his soul in front of my lens. As a photographer I was elated to have captured such a powerful and real moment. My neighbors? Not so much! Because of COVID-19 all my shoots had already been moved outside. I was so caught up in what we were doing that I didn’t take into account how that may affect the people surrounding my shoot location. Oops! No matter one’s religion, color, creed, or orientation, the brokeN series speaks to us all. In times of difficulty, our shared experiences are the thread that can create a common understanding and build unity."
Cry for help
"As a teardrop falls, the primal expression of emotions lends itself to discovery. The collective world economy has taken a hit, and the values that each country has stood for have been challenged. Our perceived understanding of right and wrong has turned into a circus of need and stamina. Like a thief in the night, we have been its victims. It’s rocked our core and challenged every basic instinct of survival. As we come to terms with the magnitude of its destruction, we cry, we feel, we release. We stand together in unity, to face this formidable opponent. We may be brokeN, but not destroyed. We will prevail."
"As a deadly pandemic engulfs the planet, masked faces of the brave yet weary walk the oppressed city streets. They shed empathetic tears for fallen souls agonizing in their last breaths. Mournful hearts ache and seething anger aims at the callous and unmindful who haven’t quite grasped the severity of our unprecedented times. Beneath the unbridled sorrow and outrage, the power of undying hope swelters and waits to erupt. Although we have fallen, the human race has the innate ability to rise and endure the adversity. Taking COVID-19 precautions during these shoots, I was fearful that having my face hidden behind my mask would take from my ability to connect with my subjects. However, in the same way that the subjects in this set of pictures are partially covered by their masks, the truth is revealed in the eyes."
"I grew up in Colorado, a freckle faced, pigeon toed kid. Did I mention I had voluptuous ears? Naturally, I thought I was destined for stardom. At the age of 13 off I went to make a name for myself in Los Angeles, accompanied by my mother, of course. My first year living in LA, I scored the lead role in a film starring opposite the legendary Anne Bancroft. Over the next 15 years, I was fortunate enough to star in numerous films and television shows. I had beaten the odds and was on my way! In 2010 my life drastically changed. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and an existing drug addiction exploded. Life as I knew it would never be the same. The next 6 years were dark. Immobilized by depression and shame, I spent most days laying in bed pondering my existence. In hindsight, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. It was almost as if the Universe saw the direction addiction was taking my life in and intervened. A swift kick in the ass if you will. It was time to take a hard look at myself.
Then a few years ago, a new friendship turned me on to the world of photography. Alas my heart began to beat again. Photography has allowed me to reconnect with an industry that I have loved for so long. I started my journey specializing in headshot/portrait photography, but as COVID-19 quickly ravaged the world, my business stopped. Like so many other small businesses, fear and uncertainty forced me to get creative and as a result brokeN was born. It has taken my curiosity and thirst for photography to a whole new level. I’m eager to learn and excited for what is to come. My journey to self-discovery has been brokeN, evaluated and experienced the entire way. After a decade of addiction, health issues and a dissection of ego, I’m now on the road to recovery."
With more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Kimberlee Peterson understands the importance of good energy and how that affects a shoot. She goes into every session with an open heart and the intention to make the experience rich and fun. She prides herself on the fact that her pictures showcase the spirit of who her clients are. They just bring their fabulous face, and she does the rest!
She also a firm believer that headshots shouldn't break the bank. As an actress herself, she has been there, done that! Some of the best pictures of her were by affordable photographers. They're out there people, and now she is one of them! Kimberlee Peterson is living in Los Angeles / USA.
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