Groups of people are often labelled as a single entity; the crowd, the audience, a rally, a march, the team and we often view them in that way, seeing the crowded pavement as one organism without consciously identifying the individuals within the crowd. Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s project Heads explored the expressions of individuals moving through crowded spaces, so detached that they became isolated in the crowd. I referenced his ideas when working on covert subjects at a family celebration (here) using a flashgun to pick out people who were temporally still and contemplative within the crowd.
As a another approach to the Same Background Different Model exercise I took a similar approach onto the street but rather than using a flashgun I relied on the the position and expressions of individuals to make them stand out from the crowd. Of course in some of the photographs the viewer might focus in on a different face than I had in mind which brings some welcomed ambiguity to the series.
The “same background” being the cross as a motif.
The Final Five
The Contact Sheet