• Olivia Carlize: Jeff

    Photo: Olivia Carlize

    Posted on December 10, 2012 by Olivia Carlize

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    ……….After reading Critical Focus, A.D. Coleman’s reviews of unconventional photography remained fresh in my mind. For a photography assignment at UPenn, I first thought to explore abstraction, praised in Christian Boltanski’s installations, or to interrogate the style of random shooting criticized in Garry Winogrand’s work. I realized that these routes appealed to me for the same reason. I could avoid the responsibility of accurately portraying my subject.

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    Photo: Olivia Carlize

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    I decided I would benefit from representing an individual. Jeff agreed to pose after his last class of the day. He seemed pensive and distanced as we chatted on the walk to his house. Although Jeff’s words communicated little information, his body language exposed his mood. In this series, I wanted to suggest a sense of tone, character and place without revealing the entire story.

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    Photo: Olivia Carlize

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    I explored several means of creating detachment, including framing through architectural elements. Obvious posing is meant to highlight another dimension of distance from the subject by acknowledging the images as staged. In one shot, Jeff awkwardly confronts the viewer, conveying the uneasiness that we both felt about photographing him after a tough day.

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    Photo: Olivia Carlize

    About The Author: Olivia Carlize is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2013