March 8 -11, Noon - 5:00 PM
Adam D. Kamil Gallery, Mandeville Center

Perception: A Collaboration Between Photographer and Subject is a photo exhibition showcasing collaborative portraits taken by students enrolled in Intro to Digital Photography. Each portrait was captured through an interactive process between the subject and photographer in which the photographer tries to reconcile how the subject wishes to be conveyed with how they want to portray the subject. This process questions the ontology of representation, with an awareness of the history of-and the possibilities for-what portraiture can be.


Artist Statement: Most people alternate between public and private modes of living. How people are when they're alone can be very different from how they are when they’re in public; a dichotomy exists between what people show, and what they keep under wraps. It’s something that never really fades away, regardless of how transparent we aim to be. Though, in spite of this, that doesn’t stop people from accidentally, or intentionally, unraveling who the “real” us is. We all have someone, or a group of people, that know us better than we think we know ourselves. With the time that we spend surrounded by these people, we form opinions of who they are, and begin to see them in positions that are seldom revealed to the rest of the world. We see them for what they contribute to our respective lives. We judge them based off of how they make us feel. We remember them by the fondness of the memories that they leave.

With that said, the students of Professor Lana Kaplan’s introductory visual arts course in photography, bring you a series of portraitures that illustrate this idea. The task for these student photographers was to compose a picture that contained their favorite people, photographed in a manner that the artist, or the subject, resonated with the most. The results are a delightful mix of eclectic personalities, photographed in a wide variety of styles, that reveal the smallest of nuances about people that we see every day. In spite of all the differences that set one portrait apart from the other, however, they all share a common thread of bringing the viewer front and center, to participate in something that’s visceral and intimate. They allow us to see the subject through the lens of each individual photographer, as well as the opportunity to momentarily and omnisciently participate in something uncommonly personal; we’re allowed the rare opportunity of being the closest of friends to a complete stranger.