I'm Not Voting Because
“More and more people are concluding that the ballot box is no longer an instrument that will secure political solutions,” Tony Benn
When making a portrait of non-voter, my soul collaborates with their psyche to make a bold statement. Through photography my purpose is to give these strong dissident types the voice and dignity they deserve. Stereotypes are disrupted to vent a political point of view from a new wave of people. Rather than forcing issues, the ideas evolve from naturally the characters. I give no authority of the clothes they wear, only of what colour. My passion lies in how to control the light, posture and gaze. In that moment the essence is reversed to enable the visual context to be read from within the negative space. Embedded in this layer, portals are used as a metaphor to reveal the flip-side of democracy.