16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
My daughter Luigia was born fourteen years ago with Down Syndrome. As we try to go about our lives in our community like everybody else--getting ice cream after school, buying sneakers, going to the library--I often catch people staring, gawking, side-glancing at us invasively. With this series "regard" I decided to create scenes for the viewers to see "how we live". To emphasize control over the images--and my environment--these tableaux are meticulously set, lit up with speedlight, and purposefully developed in black and white. Yet their banality expresses routine acts: bathing, eating, laundry day. In each scene, I invite the viewers inside our ordinary lives to watch. At first glance, I seem to portrait us as vulnerable to their judgement, yet I am guarding our lives, and the viewers are caught gawking--via the direct gaze at the camera. Through the direct, return gaze, I establish a relationship with the viewers; their motive is questioned. In "regard" I create, set up, show, guard and re-claim the normalcy of our lives, one image at a time.
© Anna Grevenitis.
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||Nov. 29, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
||Canon EOS 5DS