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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Many Faces We Show the World - Understanding Identities in Art

We all show a lot of different faces to the world. We shift from persona to persona so quickly sometimes that we are not even aware we are doing it.

As an artist and photographer I've had the opportunity to see a great many faces, but most are caught in a moments time and for me. That's the face that person will always wear because that is the image I captured. But occasionally the rare opportunity comes along to see past that one face and into a persons soul and identity.

I got thinking about this recently and wanted to understand it better. 

One of my models I've worked with for over 15 years. During that time I've gotten the opportunity to capture many sides to who they were. As a performer, an artist, a human, they have worn many faces and I have had the chance to observe them. Over successive years and many thousands of images, I've been graced with this persons friendship and an intimate look at who they are, who they were and who they might become.

The following series of images, some edited, some not, are a compilation of these faces. They are not by far all the images I have, but represent the diversity that one human being can be.

In looking at the images in this way its given me a chance to examine the human identity better and try to grasp what it is to be human and what it is to be an artist and a photographer who tries to capture a taste of that humanity. There is one last idea that is examined in their compilation. Do these images make us immortal in a way? There is an essential part of us that we leave behind in these faces we show the world? Or is it merely illusion? Of this I cannot answer.

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