Just some personal shooting. I’ve been fascinated with shooting into buildings through their windows at night lately. Interesting ideas there…
Here are some selected images from an independent project I undertook this fall at my college. The work is an attempt to visualise the state between the physical and the spiritual; life and the afterlife; manifestation and non-being. I approached this project with the desire to use as little digital manipulation as possible; so, towards that goal all of the images were produced in-camera with a combination of techniques including long-exposure, multiple exposure, and practical trickery. The only major digital editing that took place was the addition of colour in the “Manifestation” series.
The still images were also produced in conjunction with audio elements and video installations. A portion of this project was shown with the work of two other artists under the name Abstraction at the Red Panty Press Gallery in Sarasota, Florida on December 7th, 2011.
Continuing an earlier project I posted here, this is the result of the second wave. I shot a dozen or so of my friends and then set out to create entirely new people by combining their features in Photoshop. Each of these portraits is a composite of between three and five different people. My goal was to turn this project into a self-published book, but my interest in the content slowly tapered off until I decided to leave the project as it was.
Just a small series I made for an assignment. I like to wander Sarasota a lot a night, and one of the things that interests me visually is the multitude of darkened storefronts you find. The little vignettes of consumer landscapes, once darkened and abandoned, seem to take on a life of their own and describe a different atmosphere than what is intended. These images were shot through the windows of stores in St. Armand’s Circle at about 2 in the morning. They were completed with a bit of HDR and some experimentation with black and white. I definitely plan on continuing this body of work in the near future.
Standalone portrait of a friend.
I had to do a project that somehow commented on stereotypes; so, naturally I decided to completely turn the concept around and create a sort of anti-stereotype. I photographed a diverse selection of my friends and created composite portraits of people who would defy the typical categorizations of race, gender, sexual preference, etc. To me, this project is a metaphor for the age of globalism and multiculturalism we’re all living in. I plan on expanding this idea into a self-published book later this month.
A “constructed narrative” project. The neighbors have some strange hobbies…
The Other Walks
With this series of self-portraits, I explored the concept of the doppelganger: a ghostly double that appears as an omen of death or misfortune. I see the doppelganger as a corruption of identity, a specter who takes on one’s image as a reminder of his/her own mortality. In this way, this “other” becomes both a reflection and an avatar for the unseen forces that govern our lives. I removed my face from the images and replaced it with randomized elements from the environment – destroying the main identity of the character and creating a blank slate onto which more intangible ideas are projected. So, which character is the self and which is the imposter – and is there a clear line between the two?