The images I’ve worked on for this series consist of me transforming into an assortment of characters. I’ve donned on diverse outfits and accessories, as well as applied make-up, to change myself into the characters I have chosen to portray. Some of the characters involve intense transformation, while others are subtle changes. I have attempted to capture the presence each individual would have through still images.
This series is product of my love of make believe and photography. I wanted to be different people and to act how they may have acted to capture that presence they would have carried. It comes from a part of me which may have never grown-up and carries the things I’ve loved throughout my life. From innocent characters such as clowns and mimes, to darker and more horror-based characters like a zombie or Frankenstein’s monster. In a way I am all these characters and all these characters live in me. They are a part of me and a part of who I am, otherwise I could not portray them so clearly.
Many of the characters were thought up through the standard, even stereotypical, images with which they are portrayed. For example, for the Flapper girl, I chose to wear beads and a feathered headband, as most flappers wore, and the make-up is of the extreme kind they would have worn in that time. Another example would be the Old Lady character, with which I have chosen to portray with thick prescribed glasses, various deep-set wrinkles, and a headscarf to keep her hair in place.
I used the Holga camera to add a certain allure to the photographs. I wanted it to feel vintage, classic, and very raw, and to move away from the contemporary photography visuals of the crisp, clear, and flawless digital images we see now.
Currently, I am studying at the University of Texas at Brownsville, and look forward to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art General by the end of this year.