The following is a series I like to call ‘Identity’. These were taken with an old Nikon on film and I had developed them myself so these are all scans of the original prints.
I was spending a semester abroad in Austin, TX at St. Edward’s University, and I was not at all ready to leave Lebanon. So I used one of my photography assignments to explore the identity crises I was having. The pictures represent elements of identity, things we use to identify our selves or things, etc..
The best feeling of accomplishment I have experienced was in a darkroom after seven hours of trial and error.
Click to enlarge photos and enjoy the quotes in between.
“I seem to have run in a great circle, and met myself again on the starting line.”
― Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
― Oscar Wilde
“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“We know what we are, but not what we may be.”
― William Shakespeare
“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
“Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.”
― Coco Chanel, The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
When you meet a man who is broken, pick him up and carry him. When you meet a woman who’s broken, put her all into your arms. Cause we don’t know where we come from … we don’t know where we are. ”
― Laurie Anderson
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
― Harvey Fierstein