Presentation Title

Lessons in Vulnerability

Faculty Mentor

Beth de Araújo

Start Date

18-11-2017 2:15 PM

End Date

18-11-2017 3:15 PM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 137

Session

Poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

Since time immemorial, art has attempted to portray the vast, bewildering mysteries of human connectivity and emotion. Art has also attempted to surpass its physical limitations and reach the inner consciousness of the viewer. In a series of five photographs titled “Lessons in Vulnerability”, I attempt to simulate a viewer both intellectually and emotionally. Each photo features a detailed, close-up portrait of an individual experiencing a profound feeling of emotion such as sorrow, bliss, and apathy. Each photograph includes a footnote with a quote spoken by the individual. During the photoshoots, I attempted to emotionally connect with my subjects on a subliminal level. Even though each subject was aware they were apart of a personal photography project, I did my best to make them forget a camera was present. Through the exchange of intimate stories and experiences that encouraged openness, both my subjects and I reached points of intense emotional expression such as crying, laughing, and rantings of anger. These portraits attempt to not only show the mystifying, gorgeous, and inexplicable nature of emotions, but also to convey the glory of human connectivity that often results from a place of vulnerability and empathy.

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Nov 18th, 2:15 PM Nov 18th, 3:15 PM

Lessons in Vulnerability

BSC-Ursa Minor 137

Since time immemorial, art has attempted to portray the vast, bewildering mysteries of human connectivity and emotion. Art has also attempted to surpass its physical limitations and reach the inner consciousness of the viewer. In a series of five photographs titled “Lessons in Vulnerability”, I attempt to simulate a viewer both intellectually and emotionally. Each photo features a detailed, close-up portrait of an individual experiencing a profound feeling of emotion such as sorrow, bliss, and apathy. Each photograph includes a footnote with a quote spoken by the individual. During the photoshoots, I attempted to emotionally connect with my subjects on a subliminal level. Even though each subject was aware they were apart of a personal photography project, I did my best to make them forget a camera was present. Through the exchange of intimate stories and experiences that encouraged openness, both my subjects and I reached points of intense emotional expression such as crying, laughing, and rantings of anger. These portraits attempt to not only show the mystifying, gorgeous, and inexplicable nature of emotions, but also to convey the glory of human connectivity that often results from a place of vulnerability and empathy.