Empowering Women: Sonali Satsangi and TRUE ME
Courtesy of Sonali Satsangi
Editor's Note: This week we're highlighting women who are working to truly empower women. Our first feature is Sonali Satsangi, the founder of the TRUE ME project. TRUE ME embodies Polarity's belief in the beauty and strength of women. The following passage gives you more information about TRUE ME in Sonali's own words. Stay tuned for a Q&A we did with Sonali as a continuation of our Empowering Women project. For more from Sonali, check out her Instagram, Facebook , and the TRUE ME hashtag (#APTrueMe).
I was born and raised in India. Being a computer scientist opened my technical mind, but it was not enough. I felt like something was missing, and I needed to hone my artistic side. I moved to Savannah, Georgia, studied at Savannah College of Art & Desig, and got my Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Animation. California welcomed me with open arms and I started working at Rockstar Game Studio. I got married to my college love and settled down. But something still felt incomplete.
I left my job, took a sabbatical, spent time with family, visited places, took a lot of pictures, and made memories. That's when it hit me. It was right there, the direction I had been looking for - photograph. Making time stop to create memories which last forever is my one true passion. My husband got me a new DSLR camera as a birthday present last year, and since then I have never looked back. Whether I'm attending my brother's graduation in Scotland, kayaking in Hawaii, or just soaking the sun in San Diego, my camera has always accompanied me.
My technical education accompanied with my artistic acumen allows me to look at things differently. Technical school taught me the ability to question and reason, whereas art school matured my artistic eye, allowing me to understand composition better.
My photography style follows a simple motto - "It's all in the detail". I believe that focusing on the minute things adds value to a photograph and makes it stand out. In addition to making a photograph look real, it also reduces the need to post process, truly capturing the natural beauty of the subject. A stray hair on the face, the way the light rays hit a model’s body or the posture of the model, I observe it all very closely. The freedom to experiment with different portrait styles to create something truly magnificent is why I love portraits.
This year, I decided to change my perspective and THINK BIG - show the world how BEAUTIFUL and EMPOWERING you are, with no makeup, no hair styling, no fancy clothing, and no retouching, just YO. Adson Photography had a successful first year working closely with great clients and models. In 2018, I decided to start a non-profit project called TRUE ME, that smashes all the norms we are taught about beauty and redefines it. This entire year as a side project, I am shooting FREE portraits for women of different age groups, all professions, and varied races without any makeup or any fancy hairstyles or any retouching.
Through TRUE ME, I want to inspire everyone and raise awareness around the globe about a powerful message of redefining how beauty is perceived. FORGET all that we have been told and taught beauty means and let TRUE ME portraits show you what natural beauty truly looks like.
Stay true to yourself, feel beautiful inside and beauty will radiate on the outside.