I am taking this class at Duke (btw, I am a graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts, Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University now. Yeah school. Holy shit, I’m a student again). I digress. Anyway, this class I am taking is called Documentary Engagement and we are focusing on youth and obesity this semester. What this means is the opportunity to follow a youth (ie, kid, teen, non-adult), for the semester as they work in the Healthy Lifestyles program to hopefully go from overweight/obese to a healthy person. I am learning way too much about the food industry, the continued impotence of Congress and the power of lobbies. None of which is really surprising, just something I’ve not wanted to actually acknowledge, I suppose.
The first assignment of this class, which is mostly populated by undergrads in the public health and global health majors (I am literally the only photog in class), was to photograph a self-portait in 8 sequenced photos. I looked at it as a challenge. How to talk about myself as a physical person, and talk about myself without my physical presence. What came out was a series of 4 diptychs (2×4=8 and assignment covered).
The photos I’ve chosen for the assignment are below: