PICTURES OF MYSELF (I. 748), DIGITAL PRINTS, 17FT X 7FT, 2015

In this piece, I explore the development of my self throughout time and examine the role photography has played in the documentation of my life. I first entered this project with the intention of creating an installation which would function as a cumulative self-portrait, spanning throughout my life. Upon further developing the piece, I realized that there were greater themes within it, regarding how we see and how we present ourselves to the public at various ages.  I noticed there are three types of images throughout the piece; ones where I am wholly unaware of the camera, others where I am aware of its presence and unconsciously change my on-camera persona, and those where I, myself, am taking the picture and thus make a very conscious decision in how I am depicting myself. Thus, this piece functions not only as a documentation of my life, but also speaks to how the camera affects the formation of our self-identities.