Human Being; or, How to be Remembered
For the final major project of my degree, I was able to produce work on a subject of my own choice.
As a response to much of society's overemphasis on the highly curated and 'perfect' self-image, I decided to create something which would attempt to encourage a higher appreciation of the more 'human' side of humanity — an argument for candid photographs in place of traditional posed or 'serious' portraits.
The images that I captured are of my friends and family — people with whom I already have a good rapport. This enabled me to more easily capture natural movements or emotions brought about through conversation.
In line with the theme of remembering those closest to you, I designed the exhibit to be a caricature of one's own home. The rich purple backgrounds combined with the decadent gold frames evoke prestigious portraits of esteemed figures, while the candid nature of the faces create a playful juxtaposition, inviting a deeper questioning on the nature of photos as devices for memory.
For a more in-depth explanation and a look at my process, please check out my blog post!
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who participated in this project.
I love you.