This year, Fostering Media Connections (FMC) launched its first-ever Youth Voice photo essay contest sponsored by Walter S. Johnson Foundation and invited current and former foster youth between the ages of 18 and 24 to submit a collection of three photos that speak to their foster care experience along with a short written narrative explaining ‘Their Foster Care Experience’ photography.
Throughout this week, we will share the winning entries. The winning essays also appear in the September/October issue of Fostering Families Today, FMC’s magazine for foster parents.
Foster care has been a battleground for my health. I lost myself in the midst of it all. I struggled with self love, depression and finding my purpose. Through photography I truly found freedom. Which allowed for what I truly love to have the ability to find me. I will always be thankful for unforgiving beauty.
My relationship with beauty has grown beyond a word that has no limit. Every day when I share a step in the world, I see something beautiful in everyone. From aesthetics to the essence of their soul, I discovered beauty.
Victor Cantey entered the California foster care system at age 2.