Sometimes, truth is welcomed. Sometimes, not so much. Truth exposes more of ourselves than what we are sometimes comfortable with. But character isn’t built through comfort. Truth forces us to shed selfish artificiality. With time, and perspective, we see how our battles with truth are what form us and make us contemplative beings.
Articulating existential moments is nearly impossible to do in a moment. These photographs are not so much an attempt to narrow the impact of truth, but to establish uniformity through symbolism. These images attempt to capture feelings, responses, and individuality when confronted with that which we can not ignore.
Certain stylistic consistencies were important to build a unifying perspective: Photographs were lit using the same single light source, shot using the same 35mm focal length, and intentionally photographed vertically. The black and white photography, coupled with the high contrast images, reduce false glamour and instead help focus on the interaction light has with the individual. The subjects’ response and exposure to the light symbolizes our human reaction to truth.