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Fine Art Photography
This project has been about looking introspectively at, and analyzing, the concepts of self and identity, and how that combined with the influence of my environment, has impacted my body image and self-esteem over time. One way I have accomplished this is by trepidatiously moving out of my comfort zone and putting myself in front of the camera, rather than continuing to use it as a sheild. With this shift in focus, I have been forced to acknowledge, and attempt to reconcile, the many emotions, both negative and positive, that I hold within myself, from anger and shame, to mindfulness and a surprising amount of courage.
Throughout my life I have struggled with a duality of desire: wanting to be recognized and remembered by others, while also wanting to remain unseen, in an effort to avoid ridicule and rejection. Combined with a naturally introverted personality, these conflicting wants, have led me to live a life mostly in shadow; to act/re-act, dress, and speak in ways that deflect attention, allowing the gaze of others to slide away without capture. The image reflects my endeavor to embody a more open and compassionate personal view, as I move one step at a time out of the shadows, cautiously embracing the opportunity to be seen.
This body of photographic work was created using a digital pinhole camera. As a result the images have a soft focus, and an almost dream-like quality to them, which helps to achieve a more universal relation. The final images are sepia-toned, adding warmth to the very personal subject matter, creating a connection with the viewer that a more stark color palette would not.
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