Me Vs Others // Chloe & Hobbes as me

A new series by Laurence Philomene, featuring Hobbes Ginsberg and Chloe Feller.

I’ve always been a self portrait artist but at some point over the last couple of years for the first time in my life I started to feel uncomfortable with showing myself online… something about vulnerability that started to freak me out, so I stopped taking self portraits. But I still felt that every picture I took WAS a self portrait, a projection of myself onto others – I wanted to explore that idea more, and push it to the extreme, literally putting what I see of myself/my identity on other people, blurring the line between what is me and what is not, how would I look in other people’s skin, etc. Not just clothing but also colours, poses, mannerisms. I’ve been photographing this series since December (2014), doing a couple of shoots a month, usually it’s been quite unplanned, I’ve photographed people who are very close to me as well as people I barely know. These ones were shot on a rainy afternoon in Brooklyn, Chloe and Hobbes were flying back to LA that day and we had a couple of hours to kill before they had to go to the airport.

Images from this series will be featured in an exhibition in Bushwick in August curated by Molly Soda, but I think that’s all I can say on that for now!

Words by Laurence.