As one can see from the progression of images, it took me awhile to figure out what my concentration actually was. I knew I wanted to take self portraits, because they were the only images that ever felt real to me. Every time I took pictures of another subject, the photograph and the scenario seemed fabricated and poorly displayed. I’ve always felt more comfortable portraying myself, because every scenario I decide to photograph has to do with something that is affecting me or something that has occurred in my life. As my self portraiture developed, I realized that I continually began to hide my face more and more in each assignment. While I tried to find a reason behind this, I realized that I had my concentration : Self Portraits Without A Face. Without a face, the image has become void of immediate emotion created by the subject. Without an expression upon a face, it is up to the viewer to interpret the image for themselves and feel what they believe the image means without someone’s expression influencing their interpretation. I believe that without a face, the viewer has to become more engaged within the image to truly understand the concept or situation portrayed in the photograph. Naturally when someone is trying to avoid the face, they take a picture of the subject from behind. I started to take photographs of my back, which I became comfortable with during Junior year when I started to explore my Scoliosis photographically. I would have liked to explore more with my concentration and expand past just taking photographs of my back. But I think that I will continue to expand this idea in college, I believe that I’m onto something.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”—Marilyn Monroe (via 99lions)