In Profile, I am interested in exploring the relationship between the images we choose to present of ourselves, and the reality behind these. Often, people can present particularly aspirational or unrealistic images of themselves, and I’m interested in exploring the decisions made in selecting these images, and their relationship to the identity and self image of the person who has chosen them.
In the works, the figures are photographed under intense, balanced lighting, influenced by the sterile and typological works of photographers such as Thomas Ruff. The photographs chosen by the figures range from particularly attractive shots of themselves on holiday, or more abstracted and ‘arty’ shots - which can be seen to be representative of their notions of themselves. The images are photographed on digital Hasselblad - the super high detail of these shots contrasts the slightly pixellated and obscured images displayed on the phones held by the figures, displaying for the viewer this duality.
Currently, the work exists as a series of life size mounted prints. The work has been exhibited at Meridian Club Gallery in Beijing in June 2015 as part of the group exhibition Hold Me, Baby exploring our relationships to objects in the contemporary age and how they influence our behaviours and identities.