my escape : Juanita Hong Share

 Juanita Hong was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and grew up in the New York metropolitan area.

Korean by blood, Brazilian by birth, and American by residence, she graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo on May 2007 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Psychology, and English.

While attending University at Buffalo, she quickly became one of the leading photographers and the assistant photo editor for the University's publication, The Spectrum newspaper. Straight out of college, she began working for ABC-TV's reality show, Wife Swap, where she had discovered her interest in photographing production stills and behind-the-scenes.

In June of 2009, she graduated from Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts and soon after, began to work on one of her projects, The Deck Four, a documentary project about ship life where she had worked and lived on a cruise ship for 6 months.

She later returned to television and film as she explored photographing behind-the-scenes on set for reality television shows and is currently working on several documentary projects about South Korea.


My Escape

 My bedroom has always been my escape from reality. It's been a place for me to reflect, let out my emotions, be who I am without being under anyone's criticism or judgmental eyes but my own. The space was solely for me  - and my four walls was my canvas, allowing me to fill it up with my past, present, and future.

Some of us decorate our rooms with stylish furniture, comfortable bedding, and functional essentials. These are stories about people from all different backgrounds, their version of their own four walls, their personal canvas. Their bedroom is a gateway for people to know who they are. They've allowed us to enter their room of life and their room for escape.

Is creating our own personal environment indicative of who we really are? Or just indicative of our access to resources and taste? If it is messy - does it parallel our state of mind?

Not only does this small cross section of people who have allowed us access to their private lives, they have written about what their room it means to them. But also, does their writing style say as much about their personality as graphologists (psycological handwriting analyists) would like us to believe?