The Caged Bird 

A Pictorial Testimony 

Tortured by guilt and shame. Held hostage by fears and insecurities both of her own and of others'. Captive and bound like a caged bird forsaking the treasure she holds within meant to share with all creation, with all who dare to see her. If she dares to see herself. She is a gift, an innate beauty. Seeing the world like no other, from the clouds, just below the heavens. God's favor. Humanity birthed through her. She is light. Anchored only to her creator. Fears fallen to her feet. Set free to find her rhythm, her beauty, her peace.

She soars.

Shantika Holliday


Hair: Roshica Torrence Paysour


"There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling.
It's why you were born and how you most truly come alive." 
- Oprah Winfrey