20 imagesdu·al·i·ty noun \dü-a-ləә-tē also dyü-\ : the quality or state of having two parts Duality is my long term, photography project falling under the fine art genre. The intent is to create a series of self portraits, that speak to the viewer both visually and mentally. I intend the images to be reflective and reveal meaning behind the evolution of the “Self”. "I am conscious of myself and become myself only while revealing myself for another, through another, and with the help of another...” ~Bakhtin Bakhtin’s theory on self realization through the use of a another is key to giving meaning to ourselves and our art. As I produce my duality, self identifying images, I have gotten to know who I am. Through playing multiple roles of my ego, I can explore the meaning of this quote.
13 imagesStudy of the nude in context and form.
18 imagesDuality is a fine art, self portrait series, about identity, my path to self awareness. Initially created out of the need to express internal conflicts, it has developed into a work dedicated to the interpersonal passage of becoming whole. My desire to produce images that represent this stage of the project, the present, has lead me to make changes while retaining the significance of it’s original intent. I use photography to help me maintain my personal balance. Self portraits are a way to document and gauge my progress and share it with my viewers. Making art gives me a drive to grow and create, all the while providing stability in my mind. The evolution of the project mirrors the evolution of my self, from manic depression to a stable center. My process captures real emotions, when I am aware of my present state of mind. I use these significant moments as a foundation for my photographs. I write down my feelings and any related ideas into my journal. While I am processing the reactions I am having, I start to produce my scenarios and shoot my images before the mood flees. By capturing these images in the moment, I am actively working through my consciousness and understanding their value. The use of film represents the raw nature of the human psyche and the use of double exposures allows me to illustrate the division and re-merging of the ego with the self. Each image emphasizes a present mental state, not always unified, sometimes unbalanced. As I learn to be conscious of my inner self, this work can be a mindful role model for those whom struggle with their own imbalances.
21 imagesA study of double exposures on slide film, cross processed.