This Teen's Viral Photo Series About Trump Is Blowing People Away

13 December 2016, 11:32 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

Trump quote, Aria Watson
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Warning: NSFW

Young people across America are processing Trump's victory in a variety of different ways. Some are mobilizing and making donations, while others are using their talents as creators to make a difference. 

Aria Watson is an 18-year-old at Oregon's Clatsop Community College. This year, Watson was taking an Introductory to Photography class and decided to do something daring for her final project. 

It's no secret that President-Elect Trump said some horrifying things about women during his controversial candidacy, a fact which Aria admits made her politically engaged for the first time. She told Buzzfeed that she "never really cared for or understood politics, but this year was different." 

Aria posted her assignment titled '#SignedbyTrump' to her Tumblr blog and has since gained a great deal of attention (over 100,000 notes!) for how moving the images are. 

Warning: These images are NSFW and depict partial nudity. 

via Tumblr/Aria Watson 

via Tumblr/Aria Watson 

via Tumblr/Aria Watson

These are all statements that hit hard, especially in the context of a Clinton loss. Aria told Buzzfeed that she never expected her images to move people so deeply or for them to go viral.

Aria joins a rich tradition of political commentary through artistic expression. Considering she is only 18, Aria's brave decision to tell the story of how this election moved her is something we can all learn from.

If you're not sure how to process our current global political climate, take a page from Aria's book and turn it into art.

You can view the rest of Aria's project on her blog, and look at her Instagram too! 

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