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We tend to spend a great deal of our time performing. Whether it is as a professional at work, a family member at home, a friend, a lover, an athlete or any of the other various roles we are trained to present. I feel that there are moments where people reveal the human under these many masks, and sometimes these are the moments where we as viewers of an image feel like we can truly connect with that person; even if we know nothing about them.

By having subjects sit for 20 minutes, my hope was for them to become more comfortable in front of the camera. With the release in my hand, I was looking for the moments that show the masks we put on to relieve discomfort, but also the moments between performance, the breaks and pauses, where the sitter sheds their camera-mask. A true burst of laughter, a second of boredom or frustration, a grin, fixing of the hair or anything that reveals something less contrived about the person in my portrait.

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We tend to spend a great deal of our time performing. Whether it is as a professional at work, a family member at home, a friend, a lover, an athlete or any of the other various roles we are trained to present. I feel that there are moments where people reveal the human under these many masks, and sometimes these are the moments where we as viewers of an image feel like we can truly connect with that person; even if we know nothing about them.<br />
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By having subjects sit for 20 minutes, my hope was for them to become more comfortable in front of the camera. With the release in my hand, I was looking for the moments that show the masks we put on to relieve discomfort, but also the moments between performance, the breaks and pauses, where the sitter sheds their camera-mask. A true burst of laughter, a second of boredom or frustration, a grin, fixing of the hair or anything that reveals something less contrived about the person in my portrait.