I began with the idea of how someone's identity is built just by what they look like in a school, ID or passport photo. How, although this photo may not change, identity can develop and be influenced by others. Throughout the folio the idea of masks and hiding behind this pre-conceived facade that these photos create, has been used. Throughout I have tried to embrace the quirkiness and cheesy aspect that these photos and environments hold.
influenced by: A visual Poem; The Thinker of Tender Thoughts by Shel Silverstein. Jerry Uelsmann Tommy Ingberg Rene Magritte Salvador Dali theme and communicate conformity through surrealist images. Thematically influenced by Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Ken Kesey's novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The more surreal images show a manifestation of the man's inner fears and uncertainties, these were also communicated through reception, tone and colour.
My initial focus was to address an issue many of us let go unnoticed throughout our day to day lives. This then brought me to the idea that the chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis, whether they be hygiene or beauty related, are advertised to us as 'life enhancing necessities' but are really harmful poisons. My panels were created to remind us of the fragility of the human form and to demonstrate an exaggerated effect of chemical use on the body.