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 Reflections: A series of photographs and texts 

This series of photographs was taken through a two-way mirror, capturing each participant as she or he observed themselves in the mirror. Later, I flipped the photo by 180 degrees, so that it would match the reflection each person saw in the mirror at that moment, which is the opposite of how we or the camera see them in reality. 

 

The depiction of each reflection is partly hidden by a text composed of the words through which the participants defined who they are but never disclosed to others. Their words, in the length of several sentences, are repeated as a never-ending pattern, forming a square shape between each person’s image and the viewer, partially obscuring their faces.

 

The pictures were taken immediately after an act in which the participants listened to the recording of themselves, saying these sentences as they faced their reflection in that mirror. Their reactions to this recording are reflected in this photograph, as well as in the video component of the same project, called "You’re Gorgeous, You’re Mad". 

© 2020 Dafna Tal