A Portrait of Someone

Identity means who you are and the characteristics that define you. It is the distinguishing personality of an individual, qualities—beliefs, looks and expressions are the things that shape a person. As Susan J Dowling points out, “Some aspects of our personality are constructed for us while other elements we form ourselves. Sometimes we quietly hide parts of our identity, and other times we loudly project it.” This applies in photography as well, wherein only a part of someone‘s identity can be captured. Organised into seven chapters, this research explores identity and defines how it is captured in photography. The relationship between the maker and the subject is vital because it influences the outcome of the work. Each chapter showcases examples, including quotes and works from artists, around the theme of identity. The work of Dijkstra specifically is the primary source throughout this research which will end with an interview that sums up all this essay’s findings.