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Historically, traditional portraiture’s function was to illustrate the subject’s wealth, class, status, and profession. Mimicking the classic portrait, the subjects in Constructed Identities are posed with their hands resting together, legs or ankles crossed, and with impeccable posture. Through camera angle, lighting, and framing the background seems like a stage or a set. Positioned in the foreground in order to separate them from their surroundings, the subjects function like objects in a beautifully designed interior, performing the identity of their Upper East Side collective. With these visual cues, Constructed Identities explores how, as we embrace our adult identities, we become like actors on a stage playing a part. Each community to which we belong is like a different “scene,” with its own set and wardrobe.



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