Photo Essay

Masks or is it Reality that Speaks


Of late I have been doing spontaneous photo essays and I am growing to like the concept.

Sometimes too much planning doesn't work for me as emotion often plays a part in my photos.

This started as a simple idea that stemmed from another photographer's use of a t-shirt to frame a woman's face..I loved the idea but also it was the taking off of the t shirt above her head that made me think of a struggle or perhaps it made me question how in self portraiture we often hide our feelings through the masking of our face using props or shadow but often the nuances of a trembling lip or gesture of a hand speak in a language so strong that the roar is deafening.

So I have used strong uncompromising natural light,a hoodie and no makeup to speak a language that maybe we all relate to at times in our lives

Dedicated to all my JPG friends that make me think and challenge myself as an artist.... xoxo

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16 responses

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne said (27 Jul 2010):

    You are so beautiful that I don't think you can mask that no matter how you arrange yourself. But a great idea and essay, gripping images and interesting words. (Vtd.)

  • riverS

    riverS (Deleted) gave props (27 Jul 2010):

    special language & excellent essays

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (27 Jul 2010):

    Wonderful concept! All well composed ... Love the tones and grain, beautiful work Michele. Way RAD for sure

  • Fox Harvard

    Fox Harvard (Deleted) said (27 Jul 2010):

    Nicely done. Very nice.

  • Richard Seah

    Richard Seah gave props (27 Jul 2010):

    Great stuffs from you, as always.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Jul 2010):

    You created the many different emotions which so many women experience and have created a very powerful story it deserves to be published.

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (27 Jul 2010):

    I agree with Lise!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (28 Jul 2010):

    Me, too.....voted ~ !!!

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart said (28 Jul 2010):


  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (29 Jul 2010):

    Excellent, voted

  • Danica Radman

    Danica Radman gave props (29 Jul 2010):

    phenomenal series, bravo! great essay! voted

  • conchita. del. mundo.

    conchita. del. mundo. gave props (29 Jul 2010):

    oh, this is such a great series. i love your black and white self portraits so much. they're strong and bold and remind me of the tone stieglitz had with o'keeffe; your hands and fingers remind me of o'keeffe as well. the tone is especially is reminescent of his early portraits of her.

  • conchita. del. mundo.

    conchita. del. mundo. said (29 Jul 2010):

    please google "alfred stieglitz georgia o'keeffe portraits." you should reinterpret some of those. you have a very similar spirit and artistic dynamic.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (2 Aug 2010):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Camera Junkie

    Camera Junkie gave props (28 Jan 2011):

    I'm floored, Michele...

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