“15APR-14SEP 2011 – every day until it’s done” – I have always been fascinated by observation and fastidious documentation, so decided to make myself the subject of a case study to coincide with my filing for divorce. The aim was to take a photo of myself everyday from receipt of my application. The start date was 15APR11.
The rules: one photo every day – no matter where, no matter when. At midday at home, or at midnight after clubbing. No vanity. No lies. Pure one-shot solutions with no digital post-manipulation. Just the camera, the light and me. Close-up and personal with nowhere to hide.
Initially my gaze hardly dared to meet the rudely exposing lens. But gradually, feeling and actually showing emotions became an almost cathartic routine.
The result is a diverse case study of the wonderfully surprising individual that is me. Every day a documentation of my skin, my eyes, my hair, the smallest movements around my mouth. Soothing voyeurism of my own accord. Sometimes it is the finest nuances that characterize an image, while others clearly portray an inside struggle bursting through to the outside world.
The case study “15APR-14SEP 2011 – every day until it’s done” showcases 65 photos from over 150 days.
Most photographs were shot ad lib and a only a few were staged. They are pure, unmistakable portraits of my face. They show my identity on a journey through the emotional catch-22 process that is “it’s over”, “today’s a good day” and “it’s never going to end”.
A completed volume will be available soon.