8 images Created 17 Feb 2012
The first thing that we learn to recognize is another human's face. It's a survival tactic that allows us to quickly distinguish friend from enemy, and it lingers long after infancy as an instinct to unconsciously create or see faces in repeating patterns. "Soft Camouflage" is a photographic response to this phenomenon. Taking an alternative approach to the custom portrait sitting, a tradition that sprung from the basic human desire to document ourselves, I placed the sitters behind a large diffusion gel. This creates a soft veil or blur. The viewer's eyes look for features and the subject remains recognizable, even though their face is not in focus.