Danielle

This portrait photography session is about exploring identity through a moment of transition. How does the camera capture securities and insecurities – what it is to feel safe, what shows of our inner predicament from the poses we choose to have.

Danielle and I had talked a lot about all this, and about how it feels to be in front of the camera, to let the thing observe us and give us back an image of ourselves. Being uncomfortable is the key.

We started with some classical portraits. I had in mind the sharp lateral lights used by Blumenfeld and I decided to place the light on the far right.

The core of the shooting was exploring the movement between a pose that makes the model feel safe and powerful, and one that makes her feel insecure and static. Up to you to guess which is which, I for one could have been fooled.

Each image is a single shot created with intermittent white light.

The mirror makes the crack between the eye and reality come alive and visible – so does the camera. So there are at least four people in those photos – Danielle, reflected Danielle, the photographer choosing an angle, and Reflection itself, which provides the sandy soil of encounter for all these actors.

As well as a hundred thousand viewers, to quote the immortal Pirandello. 

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