Do you single out a feature of your body and then pass judgement on it?

Under Cover #1

I certainly do!

Everytime I look in the mirror, see a photograph of myself and even just think of myself,  I am fragmenting my image. I just think of a feature of mine as separate from myself and then I analyze and judge it. It’s such a habit that when I really think about myself, “I” looks like a misshapen costume of random objects sewn together.

Realizing how I break apart and then piece together my “self” to create an image, motivates me to photograph facial features in my project, called Under Cover.

Under Cover #5

I not only want to bring attention to how I think about myself, but I also want to ask you if you think this way too. And how does it make you feel?

When I separate and judge my features, I am objectifying myself. I am breaking apart instead of loving my wholeness. I’ll be honest here, I not only think this way about myself but also for everything else in my world. I separate and categorize the world, and then reassemble it based on my limited judgements of the pieces.

For me to understand how I fragment the world, Under Cover explores how I fragment and reorder the face. Using 35mm film, I photograph the model wearing various masks, which reveal different yet specific features, and reassemble the features using in-camera multiple exposure methods.

Our Lady

For the last 5 years, I have been photographing friends and family for this project and wish to invite you to model for this project. I would love to photograph you because I believe in sharing the opportunity to dig a little deeper into habitual thoughts.

It’s okay if you are shy and don’t like the camera. I totally understand! I’m shy too! The great thing about this project is that you get to wear masks and we explore together how we imagine ourselves. 

Under Cover #9

To participate as a model, contact me here.

Even if you don’t want to be a model, I still would loved to hear what you think.

Catherine Bruce by Hide Ota
Photograph by Hide Ota