(Un)Masked!

We go about our daily lives wearing a cloak, a veil, a mask. We reveal only a portion of our being to family, friends, acquaintances and strangers. Yet inside each of us exists many different manifestations...where hidden personalities hold dreams and desires we never reveal to anyone - maybe not even to ourselves.

The images from my series "(Un)Masked!" play with our perceptions of people by selectively revealing or hiding portions of the model's face...or showing her in the process of stripping away the mask that she has been wearing.

The (Un)Masked! series of photographs seeks to lift the veil by paradoxically hiding a portion of the subject's face. By hiding certain features with shadow, fabric, paint, found objects and fabricated masks the way we see that person is altered...and the subject is liberated from the face she shows to the world every day. She becomes free to express facets of her being that may have been repressed or taboo: whose qualities range from innocence to sultriness, from mysteriousness to candor, from strength to submissiveness, from introspection to courage.

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