Through our faces, we express emotions, form relationships, and sense the world. It’s natural for humans to want to reproduce this critical element of our identities, and portraiture photography is a popular art genre centered around the face. We live in an age of digitally massaged portraits designed to flatter the subject in the context of the society’s beauty standards. In my series, Faces, I’ve subverted this model—nobody’s pores have been edited out, nobody’s face has been manipulated. Here, I have deliberately taken up methods and techniques that are foreign to the digitally “perfected” image and alien to my “digital native” age. In this essay, I describe some of my technical and artistic choices in documenting faces and I suggest how they engage with the tradition of portraiture. The unvarnished, unretouched examination of people's faces is novel for the subjects of Faces, leading one of the subjects to remark that she “didn't know [her] face looked like” what was reproduced in the picture I took of her.
Reflections is a documentary film that delves into the experiences the Class of 2013 has had in their time at Olin. Every member of the class has had unique experiences but we share a common thread of emotions and this film seeks to explore the similarities and differences of our paths through our education.
Screenwriting. The art of fiction for the silver screen. How does this art turn? How are these stories concocted and developed? And how do they become films in a theater near you? I chose to answer those questions through practice, through the conception and development of the story of The Construct, an immense artificial creation buried deep beneath the Arctic glaciers. The final result provides an example of the background work of story development, the expression of the developed idea in a brief treatment, and a guide for the submission of such ideas to Hollywood and hopeful production.