Monochrome | Polychrome

Mochochrome

Suspend your assumptions. There can be a life well lived inside your comfort zone. She has carved a den of contentment. Everything tailored directly to her truest
self.

As with the majority of my work, these are self portraits, a found identity, a tailored self.

The setting within Monochrome is 1:12 dollhouse scale where 1 inch is equivalent to 1 foot. Meaning, the figure in these photographs is just over 5 inches tall. The figure is a plastic drawing model. Once I had her in my possession I sourced furniture and accessories to create her world. I painted everything a matching tone of grey to that of her plastic. I had the house built for her prior to her arrival.

The 65 images in this series were taken with 1 to 2 studio lights, aiming for a relatively even, but consistent with home interior lighting, feel. Each was photographed horizontally and at a singular aperture. All this to say, balance in focus, lighting, color tone and composition was created intentionally.

Polychrome

Balance here is removed – with contrast, varying apertures, multiple colors and lighting color casts. Balance is also removed when you mold your life to that of others.

That is not to say that joy cannot be found in new situations, but here, our main character is struggling to find comfort. This is a world without acceptance of one’s self.

The setting of Polychrome is a roughly 1:12 scale, but often off scale, child’s doll house and furniture. I’ve also added other elements from colorful play things. The cats and robot are ever present, the figure’s life is not her own.

Purchase the book of this series here.