In The Study of Aloneness, photographs are arranged into small series. Each series is an unconventional visual journal depicting what aloneness looks like and shows what it’s like to have a relationship with the self. Each series touches upon the elation and freedoms as well as the struggles in having to face oneself when experiencing aloneness.
When aloneness and renunciation is accomplished, identity no longer matters. Within each series, the stripping down of identity is depicted so that the imagery gives way to being universal. In each study, the subject gets closer to becoming no one, which is sequentially the most relieving condition of being alone. The deeper into aloneness one goes ultimately paves the way of losing and unraveling the false identity created over a lifetime. The minimal and simplistic compositions support the idea of forced self-awareness and challenges the behavioral patterns of avoiding oneself through external distractions.
The photographs show an eerie yet beautiful sensibility, as if experiencing aloneness for the first time. Discomfort is visually acknowledged. States of consciousness shift within the photographs and are constantly ever changing, just as the human conscious works, acting as a relief from any permanency. Hints of elation quickly yo-yo into awkward moments with the self and then interchange into peace. Through the use of color photography and black and white photography, the observer is able to delve into each state of consciousness and view each series as a narrative. The message and feeling is meant to be familiar to the viewer yet offers an uncommon and intimate insight of the artist’s transformative experience of aloneness.