Dead Portraits

Dead Portraits
Vancouver
2011

This is a series of portraits I made in the summer of 2011. My friend Yahya was kind enough to let me use her apartment for the shoot, and even rounded up a gang of people who wanted to participate in the project. I had everyone try to roll their eyes into the back of their head so only the whites would show. People could either do it very comfortably, or they ended up looking like they were really drunk and googley-eyed. Portraiture for me is usually very focused and centered around the eyes, so I thought it would be fascinating to take the eyes out of the equation, leaving the viewer to focus on the persons facial features as opposed to trying to look for the person beyond their eyes. 

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