In search of an Identity

For me Identity is an enigma. It’s an ongoing search of self with no definite answer. It’s momentary and changes with every task undertaken every minute, every second of the day. These images are a part of a photographic experiment I conducted on myself to find some of those answers over a month or so. Aiming the camera at myself has always been challenging. I wasn’t completely sure the portraits were communicating my state of mind. When I looked at them in another moment in time, my state of mind and life had altered. Created from a series of several other shots, I explored the idea of doing some action collages in Photoshop. I think this quote from The Fight club by Chuck Palahniuk sums it up for me: “You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else. We’re all part of the same compost heap.  A study of oneself seems like an we’re all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”

Why is everybody pointing a finger at me?

The great Indian onion war, pricier than gold

I don't know, its just the way I am

I don’t know, it’s just the way I am

In the food, in the kitchen, everyday I see who I'am

In the food, in the kitchen, everyday I see who I’m


About shabnamphoto

I'm a graphic artist with a passion for photography. I like to tell a story with my pictures. Sometimes a picture may speak on its own and at other times it may need an explanation. I'm intrigued by the ordinariness of life and enjoy documenting my life in the light and shadow of what surrounds me. Be it people, landscape, flowers, architecture or birds, the camera helps me see what I wouldn't with my naked eye.
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5 Responses to In search of an Identity

  1. Anonymous says:

    One more visitor…an ignorant one…
    Top pic – were you in the middle of making alu pyaaz parathas 😉
    Middle one – cool !! I like it.
    Last one – how come your food turns out so tasty and delicious if you’re feeling like that in the kitchen ???


    • Anonymous says:

      I didn’t know I would be named Anonymous – my name is Suman 😛


      • shabnamphoto says:

        Thanks for leaving your interpretations and identification, you have moved from being anonymous to Someone! Glad you think my food is tasty considering you have never had a meal with us!!!!! Frankly I prefer the camera to aaloo, teenda and pyaaz 🙂


  2. Very interesting photographic work, Shabnam. My favorite is the one in the middle.


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