My vision for this project was to create a sense of mystery. Following no specific storyline, I wanted to have a series of images with connecting qualities that were also very different from one another. In my attempts to portray a loss of identity overall, I wanted to leave the individual scenes up to interpretation. Letting the viewer decide what each image is telling them. Although my initial idea was to make the photos seem dark and twisted, I went for a lighter, and somewhat humorous take on losing ones identity. I chose a black and white perspective to emphasize how individuals experiencing an identity crisis might feel like they are in an abyss. It is common to question ones sense of self or place in the world. Questions about who we really are will always continue to arise. Formation of identity seems to be one of the most important conflicts people face. My images focus on the aspects of questioning ones character, and questioning traits that influence self-perception. The humor solely comes from the materials I chose to use and the connection I personally have to feeling a loss of identity at times. On the road to self discovery, an individual must go through many trials and tribulations. With that being said, it is important to look inward and explore. Curiosity and patience could be fundamentally helpful in gaining a better sense of who an individual is and who they will be. My images try and communicate that for the time being its okay to be confused about who you are and the role you play in the world.
Beautiful from Nothing
For this project, using blank white sheets of printer paper, I was challenged to use lighting and angles in a unique way. The purpose of this exercise was to make an effort to understand how to capture a simple and plain object and turn it into something beautiful.
My idea for this project was to bring a poem that my grandfather wrote to life. A poem about
my mother. Initially, the poem was pretty vague and I tried to make up a narrative to align with the message but was unsuccessful in my efforts. I then decided to keep the photos as mysterious as the text, without making it too confusing for the viewer. Adding playful cartoons and text of the poem to emphasize the meaning of each image. What I tried to convey through these images was a timeline of my mother's self-awareness journey. These images represent the trials and tribulations of her youth. The three images have excerpts from the original poem that my grandfather wrote.