Wildflower – Rosem Morton
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On a torn piece of paper, I wrote down the details of my assault. For my partner, when you are ready. (October 9, 2018, Baltimore, MD, USA)
"You can get through this," Ian whispers as he holds me. (August 31, 2018, Baltimore, MD, USA)
Maia and Akira follow me wherever I go, urging me on. (September 18, 2018, Baltimore, MD, USA)
I saw these wildflowers blooming and thriving, something at that time I could not imagine for myself. Since then, I started calling this project, Wildflower, because I too wanted to endure. (November 11, 2018, Baltimore, MD, USA)
About Rosem Morton
Rosem Morton, born and raised in the Philippines, is a documentary photographer and nurse based in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a National Geographic Explorer, an International Women's Media Foundation Fellow and a We, Women Photo Artist. Her storytelling focuses on everyday life amidst gender, health, and racial adversity. Her work has been recognized by the Pictures of the Year International, the World Press Photo 6x6 Global Talent and Visa pour I’image. Rosem is also a survivor and utilizes photography to share her own experiences. Her project, Wildflower, received the 2020 Visa d’or Award at Visa pour I’image. She furthers her advocacy through Dear Survivor, a multi-faceted community engagement project supporting survivors and allies. Rosem's work appears in The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, among others. She lectures at events, conferences and universities and her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally.