Modern American culture is built around the notion of physical beauty. We value new relationships and judge people we meet largely on their appearances. In this series of images, I examine my subjects as they presented themselves. I removed as many variables from the images as possible; photographing these people in a heartless and repetitive fashion with the same background, lighting, and framing. All of this was to de-emphasize everything but the subject’s face, forcing the viewer to focus on the subject’s appearance. The larger-than-life scale amplifies their unique facial features, blemishes, pimples, makeup, eye color, hair color, and other imperfections. Revel in being human.
For this work I was awarded 1st Prize at the 79th Annual Myers School of Art Juried Show.