Photo by Liz LaVorgna

Image by Liz Lavorgna

"Perfect Imperfection": A Word & Image Collaboration at Vermont Center for Photography

Image by Shanta L.E.

Image by Shanta L.E.

"Perfect Imperfection," the April exhibit at Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, is a window to emotion. It presents what people feel is imperfect about themselves, emotionally or physically, and is about discovery, a journey, and acceptance.

A collaborative photography and creative writing project by Liz LaVorgna and Shanta L.E., "Perfect Imperfection" is an invitation to the community to accept and embrace their imperfections through photographs and story. These visual and written stories include emotionally charged topics like abandonment and domestic violence, as well as physical issues including varying degrees of body shame.

Shanta explains: "In a society that relies on Photoshop and other techniques to present individuals as perfect, we face more pressure than ever before to become what we are not. This exhibit is intended to encourage dialogue about imperfections and how we can work to embrace them. Perfection is a universal issue that everyone strives for and suffers from. Perceived imperfection is like heavy armor. We carry it around every day believing it protects us. In reality," she counters, "it shields us from the world and keeps us from fully accepting and embracing ourselves. Just as things are not negative or positive, they ARE. We ARE."

Photo by Liz Lavorgna

Image by Liz LaVorgna

"Perfect Imperfection" will be on display through April 26, with an opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 during Gallery Walk. The gallery is otherwise open Friday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.


Liz LaVorgna studied photography and digital media arts at Keene State College in New Hampshire and has had several solo and group photo exhibits. "My photographs have been used to promote artists for high-end gallery exhibits and for use by Fortune 500 companies. My work also gives joy and a sense of empowerment to my clients." Liz likes to give back to the community and in addition to mentoring photography students at area high schools, she has volunteered her services to several local organizations, including the Women's Freedom Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition.

Shanta L.E. grew up in Hartford, Connecticut. The seeds for a love affair with beautiful images were planted when she fell in love with a Nikon camera owned by her parents. She sneaked the camera out of the house while packing up for her first year of college. Her passion for photography was further nurtured during her first trip to Uganda, Africa. In October 2011, Shanta traveled to India for five months. In between jobs at the time, she referred to this experience as "an opportunity to take a break from the economy and have the rare experience of seeing the world." Shanta shared some of her experiences there in her photography show debut "Surrender."

Photo of Liz by Shanta L.E.

Image of Liz by Shanta L.E.

Writing, dance, and the collection of fairytales/stories/mythology from various cultures are just a few things that have become staples in Shanta's life. She also is a multi-faceted professional with a background that includes management, advocacy, and workshop/program creation/implementation. Shanta has a Master's degree in Business and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

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