Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Dylan Entelis
July 12 2012
My thesis work is a portrait series of fictional young innovators. The characters reflect the era in which we live, a time when economic instability has shifted societal expectations and changed the attitude with which young people approach their careers. Perhaps more so than at any moment in recent history, success demands that young adults be multi-talented self-starters. This series is my interpretation of what this type looks like; the images show a spectrum of individuals emanating ambition and determination yet tinged with palpable uncertainty. The commercial sleekness with which the images are lit suggests the reverence with which society lionizes these new entrepreneurs. However, the styling, pose, and gaze of each subject subtly mock the cultural myth they represent. The series tiptoes mischievously in the grey area of artistic believability, as the characters presented are recognizable yet suspiciously constructed.
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