The Photographic Journal


Essay 235 • Dec 22nd 2017

Frances is a beaming light. On this day, she was open and vulnerable in front of my camera as we spoke about her braces coming off (soon), her good-luck charms, our mutual inspirations. She’s wise beyond her years and it shows in her art. Normalizing periods, asking questions, challenging norms… her work is dripping with everything beautiful and heart-wrenching about growing up. She connects you to a feeling of nostalgia. It snowed the rest of the day.


Kate Sweeney (b. 1987) is TPJ’s Photographer-In-Residence. Kate is a self-taught photographer whose work has been featured in Dazed, Refinery29, The Huffington Post, and Glamour Magazine. She currently lives and works in Columbus, Ohio, where she continues to make work that focuses on the human form, color, and our connection to nature.

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Check out all of Kate’s TPJ photo essays:

Alayna at the Farm

Frances in the Field

Pink Ladies



A Sunday in Ridgewood

Kate x Vans Vision Walk

A Butterfly Underwater

A Night in Nashville





A Day at the Inn

In This Place

Kelsey x The Impossible Project

Butch & Femme

Color Therapy

24 Hours in Catalina, Part Two

24 Hours in Catalina, Part One





Kelsey x The Impossible Project

We Took the Cake