“Do You LIKE Me Now?”
Exploring our obsession with packaging ourselves for others and the isolation that can create.
We are continually in the act of "presentation". Fronting. Pushing forward our agenda. Social media being the current, pervasive emodyment. Even at our most vulnerable our minds can't help wondering, "What must I look like right now?" Whether by calculation, habit or instinct, we package ourselves to fit the space, conversation and relationship. Using packaging materials as a visual embodiment of our effort to "contain" aspects of ourselves, a tension is created between the person and the material. This sense of self-consciousness can be traced back even to the story of Adam & Eve. The wet-plate tintype process adds that layer of history. Much like the subjects, who were required to hold the scene for long exposures, maintaing our facades can ultimately leave us exhausted, and if we aren't careful, very alone.