“Autonomous” is an expansion of the themes of my senior show at Carroll University. Both components of the project deal with isolation and separation and how the subject relates to the surrounding environment. The first ten images explore isolation in personal spaces. The personal space is devoid of any human interaction, stripped down to basic elements. The space indoors is inviting. The exterior images provide the feeling of a daunting presence. This gives the sensation that leaving interior personal space becomes increasingly difficult and less safe. These differences in images present the struggles of personal psyche between interior and exterior, individual and team: a chiaroscuro of identity and disconnection.
The second set of images deals with further separation. Constructing less personal space and familiarity and stripping away environment creates further detachment. I photographed each subject in a completely dark space illuminated only by a strobe over set intervals. The person is left completely alone in a disorienting environment, a separation that represents a portion of how the individual functions outside of a society, devoid of any influence from or interaction with an outside source. The distinction of unity is blurred.