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    An impossible prompt: To break the mask and reveal the soul. To transform our outward presentation by removing our controlled appearance. I seek … Read More
    An impossible prompt: To break the mask and reveal the soul. To transform our outward presentation by removing our controlled appearance. I seek an honest, uninhibited expression in order to satisfy my need to push my subjects out of the realm of “pretty” and “beautiful” and into an area of emotional intensity. This is the objective of the cry series in which, I bluntly ask women a simple question, "Can You Cry?" and then photograph the result. Whatever our relationship before, when they are in front of the camera and I am behind it, it sets the stage for a dramatic interpretation that the viewer in turn finds more believable than its realistic counterpart. Admittedly, the process denies the honesty that is my stated goal however, the hyperreality created by the photograph evokes an emotional response by the viewer in that we perceive sadness as more honest; more real than joy. How telling then, that tears are more believable than a smile. That even the result of staged dramatic sorrow triggers both the viewer and the subject’s deep-seated pain, stripping away our layers of performance and shedding light on our submerged individuality. By encouraging an emotional response, I am attempting to reveal a sincere fallacy; the individual outpouring of emotion, un-tainted by the pageantry and social performances that are endemic to our age as a window onto reality. It is meant to make viewers wonder about what could have prompted the outburst as well as what lies beneath it. Through this process I explore the tension between empathy and performance, implicating the camera’s accepted strength of capturing “truth” while exposing the viewer to an extreme emotion of nebulous sincerity. Read Less
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