Artist Statement

Anonymity is a photography series marrying the two components of the ambiguous individual and the technicality of traditional portraiture. The work in the series provides a disconnect between the subject and the viewer.

Without the presence of the gaze, the subject is left static, to be understood only by the small details surrounding them: for example, a wedding ring, a tattoo, the environment the subject is in. As a result, the viewer is constantly searching for the individual. Anonymity also stretches the truth of portrait photography. The series demands that the viewer rethinks what a portrait of a person is, and meditates on the questions raised in the body of work. Is a photograph still a portrait if you cannot see the subject’s face? Is there a lack of expression in the individual once there is no visual connection between subject and audience?