Artist Statement: This series acts as a representation of the constricting nature that the mind can have on our sense of control. The tarp manifests itself in a way that binds the subject, distorting forms and preventing escape, just as our mind troubles reality. As the images progress, the model slowly gains control over her mind until it takes a free-flowing, organic shape that exposes a state of elegance. A translucent tarp was chosen because it distorts the body while still allowing a glimpse of what is present beneath the surface, just as the mind can alter perceptions while still remaining opaque. The gold cloth is a physical representation of hope, for which the wearer must fight to win over from outside forces. Finally, the shift in perspective shows a progression from the mind's domination to its balance with the soul. We used light to create drama surrounding the subject and the intensity of the mind.
This is a portrait studio assignment in my Photographing Light course, done in small groups. Ours was a team of four, with Sara Murillo doing makeup and hair, me modeling, Kim Wronkiewicz, Marissa Billemeyer perfecting the light, and all of us shooting and reviewing the photos as we went along. We had originally intended to show the various archetypes of the psyche, but changed our idea last minute, as we found the first idea to be far too complicated to successfully complete on our timeline.
Modeling was an interesting experience for me. I am someone who gets a vision in my head and wants to see that vision out, and will go to great lengths to do so. I like to have control over a situation and be able to manipulate it into what I am seeing in my mind, so being in front of the camera instead of behind it was a challenge for me. It was a good practice in relinquishing control and learning to trust my group members, something I've never done in the history of my education. And they totally nailed it!
This is just the first shoot for this assignment; we have to re-shoot it once more. Feedback we received during this critique included altering the artist statement so that it was left more open to interpretation, changing distance from the subject in the images, making the shift in perspective more intense (perhaps even looking up at the last image instead of straight on), and getting a textured fabric for the background so that it is not flat and disappearing. If you have any other suggestions, I'd love to hear them! Look for the next shoot around the end of April!