The moment I surrender my knowledge of a person and absorb the perfect present, is themoment I am able to capture the truth. The intent of Social Studies is to develop a visual study of individuality, using discipline to disengage from my own preconceptions and photography todocument without opinion. Each social study captured an individual within a given moment. The photographs reflect thesubject unfiltered.
As I became absorbed in the lives of the subjects and recorded ourconversations, my process unfolded as a type of ethnography, experimenting with the idea of anidentityʼs imprint on society. Our homes, our belongings, even our moods make an impact onthe collective whole.This reality became critically apparent while editing, when I noticed my relationships to the subjects and to myself changed when closely regarding the images. My initial assessments,based on preconceptions, faded into an altogether new and more cohesive perspective.
As a society, we habitually stereotype. What we see triggers impulses unbeknownst to us andwe form opinions. Whether a person is reclusive or a socialite, we draw conclusions from asensory overview of a stranger.We then integrate, and our interactions contribute to the landscape and humanity of ourenvironment. Itʼs clear our relation to each other and to our surroundings make a significant impact – with the gesture of a simple smile or the flowered curtains hanging in a first floor window.