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Mirrorface 01: Christa
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010

Mirrorface

The distance between how others view us, how we view ourselves, what we think we project to show who we perceive ourselves to be, and what we actually project is vast. The last thing we do before leaving our home, or dressing space, is to check our image one last time. This is where our Mirrorface appears. Mirrorface is the facial expression we give to ourselves that says we are ready to take on the world. Our Mirrorface is different from what we project for portraits we know, or think, might be seen. In each of the final Mirrorface diptychs, there are two portraits of the same subject paired side by side: a simple studio portrait on the left, their Mirrorface portrait on the right.

Subjects did not have any pre-provided details surrounding what would be asked of them, other than it would be an interactive portrait session addressing themes of ego and self. During the individual sessions, after first taking the simple studio portrait, Fama set up for the collaborative Mirrorface capture by giving her subject a small, hand-generated sound tool while uncovering a mirror placed directly under the camera on the tripod. Fama then left the studio and sat in an adjacent room, with an extended camera release, and no external viewpoint. Using the mirror to privately gaze at their reflected portrait, when the subject was ready, they signalled Fama using the sound tool, upon which she immediately released the shutter. This part of the session completed usually within ten minutes, once the subject felt they had given their individual Mirrorface. There was no viewing of the images before the session was completed, it was decided in act, rather than post, whether the private Mirrorface moment had been caught.



Mirrorface 02: Adam
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 03: Robin
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 04: Todd
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 05: Julie
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 06: Eddie
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 07: Angela
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 08: Kye
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 09: Jen
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 10: Isaac
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 11: Anita
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 12: Rich
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 13: Nicole
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010



Mirrorface 14: Byron
25"X46" C-Print, Sintra, 2010

All Mirrorface images were captured over a two-month period, and have not been cosmetically altered.


 
 
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