“Most animals look at each other to signal threat or interest. In humans, this social interaction is usually punctuated with brief periods of mutual eye contact. Deviations from this pattern of gazing behaviour generally make us feel uncomfortable and are a defining characteristic of clinical conditions such as autism or schizophrenia, yet it is unclear what constitutes normal eye contact (Binetti, 2016).”
When we look through a portrait series like this, we allow ourselves to look into a person’s eyes and layers of personality slowly start revealing themselves. Isn’t that cool? Gah! I can’t get over this pilot project. I will be doing a lot more of these around the state. Keep an eye on this blog for more versions.
Binetti, N., Harrison, C., Coutrot, A., Johnston, A., & Mareschal, I. (2016). Pupil dilation as an index of preferred mutual gaze duration Royal Society Open Science, 3 (7) DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160086
“Meet Sgt. Pepper, a first generation 2003 MINI Cooper Hardtop lovingly named for its Chili Red paint, and The Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Also referred to as Pepé, this darling MINI was my first auto purchase at age 19, and a first step towards an unrelenting love affair with driving. With its red coat, and white roof, mirror caps, and bonnet stripes, Sgt. Pepper’s styling is the epitome of a classic cooper. Having shared 60,000 miles of engine-revving, corner-ripping, road-thrashing togetherness, this MINI will remain fondly parked in my heart for the rest of time. “
This was a shoot about Vicari’s love for her MINI Coopers. Her passion for cars is absolutely infectious. If you know Vicari, find an opportunity to be with her when she presses the ignition button on her new MINI.
Vicari is a wordsmith, and it was more appropriate for her to craft some words about these cars. We met up under a bridge outside my studio for this shoot. The industrial backdrop was perfect for the MINI’s mischievous nature.
“And meet Bane, my second generation 2012 MINI Cooper S Hardtop, named for The Dark Knight Rises’ ruthless mercenary. With over ten million different ways to configure a MINI, Bane’s styling, and its badass connotation, is truly one-of-a-kind. I lusted for its blacked-out body, those matte sport stripes, and its striking two-tone red leather interior. Despite its size, this MINI is gutsy, and perhaps best described as a go-kart on steroids. Do be careful—at the start of it’s engine, you may find your pants have magically dropped. After 1,000 miles together, it’s really quite apparent; I’ve fallen in love again.”
Connecting with a person in my studio is incredibly rewarding for me as a photographer. Showing this perspective to the world in a portrait even more exhilarating. Violeta is one of the most delightful people to photograph because she has such grace, and courage to face bright lights and a snapping shutter. It sounds dramatic, but a camera can be intimidating placed between two people. When I am in the studio, my goal is to remove that stigma of the camera from the mood of the shoot. The sooner that happens, the sooner one can capture photographic gold like this. Violeta has been working on a self-care project and wanted to collaborate for this shoot.
If you want to see an outtake from this shoot check it out here.