Indianapolis Lifestyle Photographer | Project Ten: Same
I’ve had this idea ruminating in my head for months. 12 months, apparently, as I just looked back at the post that was the inspiration for this shoot. Literally a year ago, Red Rubber Studio put out this Project Ten series for their ‘Alone’ theme. I was hooked. Very modern-day-Where’s-Waldo.
So when the theme came around this time for ‘Same’, I wanted to do something similar. Originally, my idea was to set up a tripod and photograph myself. I have this crazy hair that can become anything you want it do and figured it’d be really easy to create other versions of my self simply by altering my hair. Of course, self-portraiture is never easy, and I have an amazing husband/best friend who understands this and volunteered to be my guinea pig… down to the point of growing and shaving a beard. That’s dedication.
So I photographed these images fairly late in the game due to the beard-growing… and maybe a little bit of non-voluntary-procrastination. I had limited light, a shortage of ideas, and a lot of curse-words for Photoshop during editing. Although not at all where I started, here’s where I ended up.
Where I started, though, was this genius idea of multiple ‘YOU’s’. You can’t deny that there are multiple versions of yourself. We all have them. I’m not talking about multiple personalities on a psychological scale, just … different you’s. The happy you, the sad you, the determined you, the lazy you, the you that goes to the gym, the you that goes out on Friday night… mentally we have the ability to prepare ourselves for ANYTHING… and vice versa, we have the ability to let ourselves get wrapped up in and sucked into almost anything, too.
There’s a positive and negative side to this, but we all have it.
My thought was to combine two of those ‘people’ into one image. You… hanging out with…. you. Sort of like those mind games that show you two pictures that LOOK the same on the surface, but then after close comparison, and circling all the things that are different, you realize they aren’t the same after all… but they sort of are…
In my head it was beautiful. Executing it, on the other hand, has been a nightmare. So here’s a breakdown from the artist side of what I learned doing this project:
So while I realize there aren’t ten images to view, there actually are ten images. I’ve used ten different images, or combinations of images, to create five illustrations that show the progression from my original idea (the middle three images) to an end goal of plays with symmetry (the first and final image). All illustrations of the same and each on their own trick of the eye/mind. And each one perfectly imperfect in their own visualization of ‘same’.
Check out Stephanie’s take on the theme this month and stay tuned for some upcoming changes to the project next month!
casey and her camera is an Indianapolis Lifestyle Photographer specializing in family, couple, lifestyle, senior, and wedding photography for Indianapolis, Indiana and the surrounding areas.
Feb 10, 2015