2007-2008 | Analogue Photography/Medium-Format Camera | Digital Print ???


Susan Sontag writes in “On Photography”book:

“Many people are anxious when they’re about to be photographed: not because they fear, as primitives do, being violated but because they fear the camera’s disapproval. People want the idealized image: a photograph of themselves looking their best. They feel rebuked when the camera doesn’t return an image of themselves as more attractive than they really are”.

In this collection, I have decided to take images of females, who are in a similar age group as myself. The photos are taken in the morning prior to them seeing themselves in their room’s mirror. I sat them in front of my Camera Obscura in order to record an image that will stay with them permanently. This is an image that these girls do not wish to show to the world.

Due to the same reason Sontag writes in the same book that:

“So successful has been the camera’s role in beautifying the world that photographs, rather than the world, have become the standard of the beautiful.

We learn to see ourselves photographically: to regard oneself as attractive is, precisely, to judge that one would look good in a photograph.”