Deconstructing Ourselves

The portrait is a very complex method of capturing the human subject in photography. It can be used to show an aspect of a person, or it can be used to manipulate how a person is perceived. It can be used to show emotion, or a feeling. However, the meaning behind a portrait is very much perceived by the viewer, and presented by the photographer. The actual meaning is never quite conveyed completely, and totally accurate, despite what we may think. The nature of portraiture will never allow us to completely reveal a person, no matter how comfortable a subject is in front of a camera, which is why the portrait can be such a difficult thing to photograph.

For this my series Deconstructing Ourselves, I took portraits focusing on the deterioration and the hiding of the face and body. Using double exposure, the images show bodies that look like certain areas have been removed. These photos were created through the camera itself, not through post production, so the technology of the camera had responsibility for what information was revealed in the photo, along with my posing instruction of the models. These photos speak about the nature of a portrait, and how a photograph does not always reveal everything about a person. The appearance of these obscured bodies is putting this concept in more literal terms, stating that you literally cannot see everything about this person, even though it has been photographed, the information is lost through the digital rendering of the real. I am hoping that with this series people begin to see the falsities that come along with the digitization of the portrait, and how simply an image is not enough to capture everything about someone.

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