The self-portrait is a common medium for photographers to explore new ideas and their identity as an artist. Recreating ones self in an altering state can be quite cathartic. But what about taking found objects, adding shades of acrylic paint and embroidery thread, and creating a oddly familiar version of yourself?
That is exactly what Boston-based photographer Caleb Cole has done. In his new series Dolls, Cole adds male-pattern boldness, mutton-chop sideburns, and bushy eyebrows with paint and thread in shades of his own red hair. He then photographs the flea-market finds as self-portraits that are oddly cute and bizarre all at the same time.
Often thought of as toys for children, dolls are models of not only who those children are expected to become as future parents, but also of where they came from, of who they used to be as infants.
Cole explains, “Children’s selection of certain dolls is about personal identification, a blank canvas onto which they can project their desires, and caring for the dolls becomes a process of understanding themselves — how is this doll like me or unlike me? Who am I and who will I become?”
To check out more of Cole’s work, be sure to visit his website: calebcolephoto.com
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules
Image Credit: Caleb Cole
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