Czech photographer Dita Pepe uses self-portrait photography to explore ideas of how personal identity can seem to change dramatically in relationship to the other people in our lives, and the surrounding circumstances.
In this series, she stages "what-if" scenarios, where she portrays herself in various guises while posing as a wife or partner of men from many different walks of life. Each photograph is made in each man's typical real-life surroundings, and often with his children (sometimes including her own real-life daughter in the mix).
We've seen this kind of self transformation in the work of Cindy Sherman, of course, but this is less polished, with a snapshot aesthetic that makes each feel casual and funky and somehow more believable.
Not surprisingly, her university thesis was titled, "Photography as a form of therapy".
— Jim Casper
Long before iPhones and Instagram: 60 years of one Dutch girl's "selfies" firing a gun into the camera! Outrageous lifetime photo concept — watch her age in the same pose — a split second after she pulls the trigger of her rifles — from age 16 to 88.
Martyrs is an interesting concept — "What would you give your life for? That's a huge question, and that's something that most of us don't have to face every day." Video artist Bill Viola talks about his current 4-screen video installation in London's Saint Paul's Cathedral.
I discovered a way back from the gradual shift into adulthood, regaining the raw, unaltered spirit cultivated during childhood.
Coming of age means leaving childish whimsy behind—but playing make-believe allows you, briefly, to free your imagination again.