When I feel anxious or need to be alone, I tend to gravitate towards particular places. These places are comfort zones that serve as somewhere safe to relieve stress. I have found that others also have somewhere certain they like to escape to. Each person photographed in this series took time out of their busy schedules to show me where their place of comfort is. Each location is intimate to the person and possesses certain stories and memories that are meaningful to them. These portraits are the result of each person stripping off their burdens and allowing their place to wrap them in comfort.
Discomfort and uneasiness are major factors in my photography. I can not remember a day where I haven't felt anxious or uneasy and thought about issues I have going on in my life. I sat down with each model in a dark room and asked him/her what is troubling them, while in return I confided in him/her what is troubling me. Each model was photographed for only a few frames and without warning to achieve a genuine uneasy portrait.
Minor obstructions and alterations made to model's faces. While the alterations to their faces were not extreme, the models were directed to keep still for up to 30 minutes while being photographed topless, which added to their discomfort.
This mini series focuses on things people cannot do. One can obviously continue on in life without achieving these trivial endeavors, but there is evident frustration in failure to perform them.
"I cannot touch my elbows."
"I cannot cross my eyes."
"I cannot whistle."
"I cannot roll my tongue."
"I cannot touch my hands behind my back."
This series explores the human body while incorporating two contradicting elements; A large format camera known to produce negatives with the finest detail, and acetate-which distorts and blurs when one tries to look through it. The product of the two are portraits that offer little glimpses of clarity though muted perception.