The overall focus for my work is to study the masks we all wear in life, to see when we project the way we want to be regarded as well as finding those times when we let our masks fall to reveal ourselves. One observer reflected on the subjects of legendary documentary photographer Diane Arbus, saying “The subjects stand often in the center of the frame … Their posture is subordinate to the ineffable expression of who they are”. In other words we may have an intent about how we should be viewed, however the effect of how we try to portray ourselves may fall short of that aspiration. It is the gap between intent and effect that fascinates me. I search for this through observation of people in and out of their normal environment, in times of ease and stress. I am also interested in demonstrating this ‘what you see is not necessarily what you get’ trait through staged work. This marries with my interest in morality-themed work.
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