A combination of images compiled together to resemble the DADA art age. In Paris, during the early 20th century the DADA art movement developed in reaction to capitalist society. This group of artists rejected the idea of logic and reason and instead worked to create art that resembles irrationality and nonsense.
For this series of photographs I chose to focus on portraits of individuals. I believe that portraits can tell stories beyond what is pictured. I made the intentional decision to photograph all females, in order to spur discussions about feminism, identity and individuality. In order to increase the dialogue of the series I decided to have more than one figure in each photograph. The other figures in the pictures are of the same person and were shot at a high shutter speed to capture movement and leave out detail. There is only one figure in each photograph that is in focus, where the face is identifiable. This figure represents the identity that is conceived by society including race, gender, body type and social class. The figures that are out of focus and faded represent the subjects concept of individuality and personal identity, that is unnoticed by outside interpretation.
I did not want to incorporate a busy or loud background in order to focus the viewer's eye on the figures more than anything else. After capturing the photos I brought the image into photoshop in order to reveal all the figures in one image. I chose to fade the images in using a low opacity paint brush, I also corrected the exposure and levels of the image and desaturated the image in order to match the feeling that the individuals were displaying.
Interactions happen each day where people make immediate assumptions about people based on their outer appearance. I wanted to remind the viewer that every woman has a story and sense of self that a person on the outside is completely unaware of. I believe that this misconception is where a lot of misogyny stems from within our society.