The skin is the largest human organ. It forms the physical and conceptual barrier between the self and the outside world, protects our delicate internal workings from everyday wear and tear, and serves as an intimate sensory interface with the world. In fashion and portrait photographs, skin is routinely treated and warped in service of a final idealized form. This photograph, one of a series of ten, uses similar techniques, as well as a method of algorithmic assembly, to create an unidealized form of skin in order to disrupt the relationship photography has with that ideal.
In fashion and portrait photography, a common practice is to use specific types of people as models in order to represent a certain ideal. These people are generally thin, young, white, cisgendered women. This photograph, one of a series of three, seeks to investigate how a certain kind of fashion photography functions when the identity of its models are removed.
Within popular photography and even in personal photographs, skin is routinely treated and warped in service of a final idealized form and surface. This work intends to present a complete and unidealized view of a person’s skin in order to confront that ideal.