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I consider these pieces representative of Cubist art. About a year and a half ago, I picked up a book of the work of David Hockney, a British artist. He is primarily known as a painter but during the 1980s, he had a period where he would take several polaroid pictures of a subject and combine them into a collage of sorts. I was fascinated when I came across his work: it made me see the world in a new way. I want to expand on the concept of seeing. With my photos, I am at some level recreating what Hockney did in the 80s. I take multiple pictures of the same person from different angles to try to make a more complete image of the human face. Ideally, the viewer will take in each photograph individually and composite them. When the viewer does so, my images make sense as a wrap-around portraits. Alternatively, most people — myself included — try and take in the whole picture first and focus on the details later. When the viewer employs this approach, they get a massively distorted view of the subject. They look at both sides of the head, both ears, the eyes, the top of the head, and the bottom of the neck all at once. Talk about multiple perspectives! The subjects themselves are my friends from Vassar and from Philadelphia. I shot people who were available, but I want to go out of my way to shoot as many different people as possible: I believe every face has a story to tell. Everybody has imperfections, and my pieces make it ok to be imperfect.

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