"Untitled" Photography Series

 

“untitled” is an experiment exploring image, femininity and performance, utilizing photography and written reflections. i photographed the process of applying makeup to my face, step-by-step, bringing attention to the layers, detail, precision, and prolonged nature of the process. the “beautiful face” then journeys through a variety of emotions and contemplation, leading to the erasure of the curated face. below are several photos from the process, as well as stream of consciousness reflections.

 
 
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in middle school and high school i had difficulty getting dressed every day
there was always something i was unsatisfied with
i would unwrap my hair
part it on the left
and brush it perfectly to my liking
if it wasn’t perfectly straight
or something looked off
i would quickly try a different hairstyle
it was never perfect enough
i would go through several outfit trails each morning
i wished my clothes looked like the other girls—the ones deemed most beautiful at school;
the girls that got the attention

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Alivia Blade