A Modern Hair Study Selection
In 2011, I visited the photo archives of the National Library of France. While
everything was inspirational, one photograph haunted me for months following
my visit. “Hair Study”, by Felix Nadar depicts just a woman’s back and her hair.
I could not stop thinking about what that same image would look like today.
“a modern hair study” consists of portraits of young women photographed from
behind. By focusing on the back, the viewer is forced to contend with all of the
peripheral things that make each woman unique.
In these intimate portraits I am a voyeur concentrating on a generation that is not
mine. While certain ideals are often relevant to different generations, the ways in
which women adorn and modify themselves often indicate the struggles of a
young adult with their own ideology and individuality.
After photographing these women, I can imagine these struggles are timeless.
Existing today as well as when the original Nadar portrait was taken.
There are aprox. 130 portraits in the series to date.