A Selfsame Well
Portraits of A Shoebox
In My Own
Project 4



Portraits of A Shoebox

Italio Calvino once wrote, "The line between the reality that is photographed because it seems beautiful to us, and the reality that seems beautiful because it has been photographed is very narrow." Portraits of a Shoebox is a cultural study of unsuccessful photography that explores this very concept. There are many definitions as to what a successful portrait consists of and these definitions are not always unanimous. However, generally speaking, there is a consensus as to what makes up an unsuccessful photo. Often enough someone blinks, or looks away from the camera lens, the wind catches a skirt just at the right moment, or the shutter snaps mid-expression subtracting a couple I.Q. points from the subject. Portraits of a Shoebox is an homage to these prevalent but guarded vernacular moments. It explores as well as champions these awkward dynamics and interactions that inevitably get cast aside as unbecoming, and eventually get thrown into a shoebox only to collect dust.

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