One of my goals for this year is to get back into photography. In order to attain this goal, I will be attempting a photographic project once each season for the year of 2010. My first project will be called “Upper, Lower, Disjointed, and Mixed.”
The impetus for “Upper, Lower, Disjointed, and Mixed” was the photography of The Beatles by Robert Freeman, specifically for the cover of A Hard Day’s Night. While the studio album’s cover featured a variety of full faces with expressions, the soundtrack cover featured abbreviated images that captured just half of each subject’s face.
What I intend to explore with this project is the relationship between the upper and lower halfs of the human face, and what happens when they are divorced from each other. The final project will include:
Full face portraits of each subject in black and white, taken with a variety of expressions. These will be small format and displayed together.
Partial face portraits of each subject in black and white, taken with a variety of expressions. These will be displayed in a fashion that maintains the association with the upper and lower parts of the subject’s face, though later images in the series will mix the emotions in the upper and lower portions.
Mixed partial face portraits of matched subjects in black and white, taken with a variety of expressions. These will be displayed in a fashion that disassociates the upper and lower faces of each subject, purposfully confusing the upper face of one subject with the lower face of another.
The project will be undertaken between January 9th and March 20th 2010 C.E.