Not Myself, Not Not Myself (2016) : Renaud, Becky, Brianna, Alexia
Inkjet prints, 17"x22"
In this series of photographs I was exploring the idea of image ownership. Who is in control when a portrait is being taken, and who is in control afterwards. The vulnerability of the subject of a photograph, who can be looked at by anyone without being able to look back, and the way the viewer can claim an ownership or "understanding" of that person. I sought to disrupt this by stopping the gaze of the subject at the distance of the paper, and by using images of the subject that held familiarity to them, and not a supposed viewer.
These are composite images created by blending traditional portraits with images captured in a mirror. The eyes and mouths are those as seen in the mirror by the subjects.