Strike a pose for sanity

LaQuita Hudson, founder of the Xposed Selfie Museum in downtown Annapolis. Photo: Barry Scher.

By Barry Scher

Actor Morgan Freeman once said, “I don’t think people realize how much strength it takes to mentally pull yourself out of a dark place. If you made it today, or any day, I’m proud of you.

Entrepreneur LaQuita Hudson has done just that with the opening of her new business called Xposed Selfie Museum in Annapolis Town Center.

Xposed is an innovative museum and photography studio where, with the help of the staff, your mobile phone is used to let your imagination run wild. Take photos or create videos, with family or friends, in one of 15 distinct panoramic exposures.

Hudson built this creative outlet to help those, like her, who have experienced mental health issues. Creating positive memories was key to helping her come out of depression. “I was diagnosed with postpartum depression after having my second son last year,” she says. “Unfortunately, not being able to interact with family and friends during and after my pregnancy due to the pandemic intensified my depression. I struggled to find ways to motivate myself and found that remembering the hundreds of selfies and videos stored in my cell phone really encouraged me to take control of my depression.

The interactive exhibits at the Xposed Selfie Museum allow young and old to travel to different destinations without needing a passport. Have you ever been to Paris? Enter the Parisian exhibition of Xposed, where you can interact with accessories and then share your selfies or videos.

The isolation and reduced social interaction caused by the pandemic has led to a growing number of people suffering from depression and mental health issues and Hudson hopes an interactive experience of self-expression will be the ticket to well-being. “I opened my business to provide a safe and fun environment where customers can create memories and get excited about life in general. I have made it a priority to spread awareness about the importance of addressing mental health and well-being while breaking the stigma associated with depression, especially within the black community.

The Xposed Selfie Museum is located on the east end of downtown Annapolis next to Warby Parker. Open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets required, $35/hour with discount, RSVP:

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