Until recently, most of us 'inhabited' two reasonably distinct personas. One private, one public: each corresponding with their respective social environments.
Social conventions all but assured that intimate discussions, behaviours, and desires were largely limited to the private realm, and that what we projected publicly was a more ‘considered’ (if not also considerate) self. To people of a certain age—raised in an analogue world—those conventions seems to have evaporated under the glaring blue light of computer, tablet, and smart-phone screens; their users hooked to social networks and media.
High-definition still and moving images—frequently devoid of context—are (often anonymously) shared almost instantaneously through ubiquitous online social networks. And it's easier than ever for anyone to adopt any persona they fancy, and share anything of their lives, or what they know (or suspect) of the private lives of others. With so much of what was once judged 'private' spilling into the public domain, conventional social boundaries are blurred, making navigation of our social milieu more precarious.
I've conceived of a series of portraits to illustrate these ideas, but to create them will take more resources than presently available. Stay tuned. I'm determined and very patient!
Soon I return to Papua New Guinea to attend the Mount Hagen Cultural Show. I'm fascinated with PNG. It's an expensive place to visit—and sometimes dangerous and brutal—but there's love there too, and beauty besides. Speaking of which, I photographed this young woman from Madang at the Goroka Cultural Show in 2014.