Taken during a liminal period of my own self-reflection and internal confusion, the "Self-Portrait" series examines the topic of identity and authenticity of the self. The series highlights momentary fragments of light and color that warp and manipulate the overall form of the self. "Self-Portrait" guides the viewer to question the various elements that make up their own perception of self: what experiences and factors have influenced their perception of the world and sense of identity? Which elements were driven by an invisible societal push towards conformity? Which factors represent an authentic manifestation of ones own soul?
I have found that within the constant barrage of societal expectation and invisible pressures of social conformity, it becomes far too easy to slip into the familiarity of traditional paths and patterns of behavior. When I finally realized that so many of my actions had not actually been on my own behalf, but instead for an idea of myself that had been built by years of external expectation, it threw me into a spiral of confusion and self-doubt. I had to completely break down my entire idea of who I was and what I believed in order to find the truth in my own identity. The truth of who I was, of what I loved, of what I wanted to do with my life. It demolished my entire worldview and sense of self, but through this process of breaking down everything I had ever believed about myself and the world, I was able to slowly rebuild my identity around my own fundamental truths.