An exploration of the meaning of self and the ‘Portrait’
Through this set of images I hope to capture the concept of the portrait being more a reflection of the artist than an insight to the subject.
The portrait is a result of many decisions made by the photographer, those decisions tainted by their observations, pre-conceptions and agenda. At some point the product of those decisions is more the interpretation of the photographer than the representation of the subject.
The ability to manipulate and alter the image leaves us open to believing someone looks or even acts a certain way. Photographers can create masks, beauty or deceit.
In many ways photographers are, through their subject, taking a self portrait albeit vicariously.