MASKS, LIFESTYLES and IDENTITIES


 Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. 
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. 

                                                                               -  Oscar Wilde

"I've Got to Find Out Who I Am" telling personal stories with a camera. Some sketches from my ongoing project "Staging Identities" - Investigating Identity with a camera ... For each of us, there are many forms of life, many identities. But no one is unique, permanent, or authentic. They are just roles or masks in a theater play, our very personal narrative of life or our trivial lifestyles ... Here are some sketches and first results from this personal project ... Slowly I would add some text and I would try to synthesize my understanding of identity through the creation of artificial roles. The Staging Identities would become hopefully  Revealing Portraits. 




I want to thank my models for the participation to the project: Z, Ela, Jeli, @rainy_22_pix@paeonia_ink, Sophie and Oli @sophiescheifele

MASKS and IDENTITIES

Young people, who are still uncertain of their identity, often try on a succession of masks in the hope of finding the one which suits them — the one, in fact, which is not a mask.

                                     - W. H. Auden, Forewords and Afterwords, "One of the Family", p. 369 (1973).

In this longtime project, I am trying to investigate with the means of photography the concept of identity.  During this process, I am focusing on various factors that shape our identities. I believe that our answer to the question “Who am I?” is influenced by biographical characteristics and personal experiences. We define ourselves. At the same time, others choose labels for us.



For centuries, various cultures have used masks as a way to express individual and group identity. In some cultures, masks are an important part of spiritual rituals. In other cultures, they are part of national traditions such as celebrations of war or independence. Masks play a role in life-cycle events such as weddings and funerals. 














































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