Three Pieces One Story
As a photographer, I am drawn to people. I find it particularly captivating how each person has a different story, leads such different lifestyles and how as one grows in age, there is growth in strength as well. A person’s true self cannot be explained in a single image. As humans we have several levels to what makes our stories all unique, and as a photographer that is what I strive to find.
In this series I used a triptych format. I decided to do this because I feel that you cannot understand a person in just one single image. The three images consist of: a photo of their face, their surroundings, and inclusion of something that means a lot to them or makes them who they are- all essential aspects of identity. While doing this series of photographs, I learned that as you grow in age, your priorities and things that are important to you are transformed, changing from single objects that we may be interested at the time, to things that are irreplaceable such as family and love. It was also interesting to me that people value different things, depending on their personal situations. For instance, the particular people in the series who are from Jamaica, really value their jobs. In their country stable employment is harder to come by than in some other places, and jobs are essential everywhere to support families.
My intent for this series is to have the viewers get a sense of who each person is, without any name or descriptive words about their life. By incorporating a variety of ages, genders and ethnicities, I want my work to relate to the lives of a broader range of viewers.