Glass Jar 2

(ongoing)


When shooting through a beautiful polished glass jar, you see an incredibly distorted world.


This is an abstract body of work that depicts daily personal struggle. The inspiration behind the work is Picasso's painting Guernica, in which distorted forms are painted to stimulate the viewers' imagination and encourage the viewers to picture together the war scene. His work is implicative and mysterious, which I admire. To create the distorted and abstract human form, I shot through several different glass jars. I found glass jars quite symbolic. It projects rainbows under the sun, but when looking through it in the dark, without too much glare on its surface, you see through it a distorted world. It reminds me of the Wounded series I previously worked on, in which my focus is on the further marginalized LGBTQ community members within the already marginalized community, who live through a lot of pains under the superficial "rainbows". 

 

Model: Ernesto Mendez

Glass Jar 1


When shooting through a beautiful polished glass jar, you see an incredibly distorted world.


Model: Michael Sapienza

Transformation


Story 1: An angelic girl, let’s call her Lily is taking care of another girl, Lilith, wounded, wrapped in bandage, but the role reverses as time goes by. Story 2: Lily is pale and angelic. However, as the story unfolds, her skin peels off; it’s hard to say if she is beaten, or just putting on crazy makeup. Eventually she's wrapped in bandage, turning into Lilith. Now, as you may have guessed from the mirrored images, Lily and Lilith are the same person. We human developed our defense mechanism to cope with trauma. We tend to keep an expression-less face, but deep down a Lilith stays dormant. The injury in the two stories are merely metamorphic to the real negative psychology impacts that the society bombard at us. Published in Dark Beauty Magazine.


Credit:
MUA: Emily Fung
Wardrobe: Sarah Penwarden
Model: Kathryn McIntosh, Selene Lee 
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