Eating, speaking, breathing, visual expression of
emotion. These are the functions/uses of the human mouth. But the mouth is more
than just a tool with a function. It is a free and abundant source of visual
art, and this series of photographs is the beginning of my call of attention to
it. The shapes and forms the lips take while speaking, the textures,
abnormalities and interesting positions each component takes are missed unless
frozen in time. By capturing these events and isolating them away from the
faces that ground them and enlarging the mouths far past life size, the viewer
is able to see how dynamic and visually captivating the mouth and lips can be.
From beautiful features like spit bubbles and tongue textures, to gross things
like plaque and dry skin, beauty, perplexities and appreciation can be achieved
for the human mouth. This exploration of the mouth in its natural state
participating in the normal function of speaking is the first exploration of
many to come. I will continue to explore the mouth, its uses, and the role it
plays secondary to its primary function.