Before a word is spoken, before our souls are revealed, we are judged. Judged by the outer framework of our physical being.  Stereotypes mixed with our own conditioning automatically sum up the whole of a stranger.  It is the nature of being human.

 

We don't see their faces, their smiles, their hopes, their fears, their tears, their beliefs, or their joy. In a flash, we are nothing more than a punk, a fat lady, a black man, a white man, a priest, a cop, a terrorist, or even a puppet.  

 

For this project, still in it's infancy, I have set out to photograph portraits that capture just the framework of these snap judgements.

 

It is a study in reverse of the "Wood" project. What we see is physically there but the true essence is lost in the shadows of our own instantaneous conclusions.