For our final art making project and blog assignment we have been discussing identity in class. There is a lot that can be said about identity. From the moment we are born, we have some sort of identity. We have our genes and features that our parents gave us. a very basic form of identity. We develop our own identity with the choices we make and the things we do. An identity isn’t something that can be gathered out of thin air. There has to be evidence or a story behind it. If a group of people doesn’t know you, I suppose you can create a new identity with them…however, you would have to permanently use that identity with that group in order for that new identity to become successful. So identity is more of a long term thing. Identities are something that can adapt. In our society things are always changing but people are still concerned with how someone looks or acts. If A person is know as being responsible and hardworking, and he becomes friends with a lazy irresponsible person odds are that the responsible person will rub off on the lazy person, or the lazy person will rub off on the responsible person. Creating a new identity if sustained over a long period of time. Our identities are something that we want others to see. They are physical but also we see identities psychologically. We know what people expect to see and we especially as an American culture are stereotypers. Nikki S. Lee, addresses some of these stereo types in her projects. She isn’t black but in her Hip Hop Project she identifies her self as a black female, fitting in with black males and females. While we can see she is Asian, if we never met her or knew her, or were aware of the photography projects, for all we know her identity is an Asian female who grew up in an African neighborhood. Identity is in long term what we do, who we are. But to a complete stranger, my identity can be changed on a first impression. I I am a well dressed polite business person for 364 days out of the year, that is my true identity. If I bump into a stranger wearing sweats and I’m in a bad mood, to them I could be a poorly dressed rude person. Identity is about what we know of a person.
For our art making project we were to capture self portraits of ourselves, but to show an identity that isn’t our normal one. We could take 3 pictures using 3 different identities, or 3 pictures each one describing the same identity. I chose to use my three pictures to portray the same idea. For my first photo I decided to grunge down my usual clothes that I wear to class and decided to wear Gym shorts a hoodie and a backwards hat. My theme for this picture would be College Student (as not very serious). Now in terms of identity I don’t think this image carries a lot of weight by itself. It needs to be supported by the other two images or else I am just insulting anyone who wears gym shorts to class. Just because you wear gym shorts to class doesn’t mean you aren’t serious about school, but it helps the other two images, and the other two help this one.
For my second picture I tried to capture College Student (as a gamer, as a couch potato). While I know most guys in college play some sort of video game, either on a console or computer. Sometimes those games have a way of pulling you in and have your mind forget about homework. The use of this particular image should portray a college student putting in more time into his game, rather than his homework. This image might not stand very well alone but when joined with the other two I feel my idea comes across. My third image is the most fitting for the theme and I feel as though it could stand by itself and make a statement about my identity if you had never met me, while if looking at the other two by themselves you wouldn’t really be able to get a good grasp of this identity I am trying to portray.
For my third and final Image I tried to capture College Student (as lazy, unmotivated, sleeper). In this image I am at my desk( with my study lounge door label) I have multiple notebooks, papers, and a folder in front of me. I am on my laptop and it is hooked up to another monitor. On the right monitor there is Microsoft word, Adobe Illustrator, Moodle, and my college email. On the laptop screen Facebook is open. Finally, I am sleeping on all of this homework with my hood up. I am trying to capture a college student who has tons of homework to do, but he wants to do everything else but homework. I think this image fits my theme the best and could stand alone to give someone who has never met me a sense of identity that would be “Boy you look busy there…sleeping.” Then to see the other images you get a sense that this college student really has no desire for school, and he just wants to sleep, eat, play video games, and do everything but school work.