Kate Stilley, San Marino, CA

Growing up in LA, I understood that Barbie was important. And when I took this picture I loved the symbolism of her various stages of disintegration, right up against the ever-present palms of my childhood home. But now, after looking long and hard at the image – I finally see the diagonals that lead out of frame, away from her to other worlds, as if by criss-crossing time they could hold her in place forever.