Before the days of digital cameras (don’t lie, you remember 35mm film before it was a hipsters ironic friend), I remember getting photos developed where one of my friends always managed to blink just at that precise moment. Photo ruined. Nowadays, you can just ‘delete’ and ‘retake’ – but where’s the fun in that?
In her latest photographic series, Julia Peirone captures young women in the moments between poses, placing her images at the intersection of a documentary and studio photograph. It all comes down to the difference between the image of ourselves we want people to see versus that awkward, non-photogenic, essentially “ugly” persona we have behind closed doors. I mean, if I was caught chewing gum with my eyes half closed I don’t think I’d be too happy about it. However, there is an unnatural beauty in Perione’s subjects that harks to adolescence – teens can be forgiven for being awkwardly photographed as they are transitioning from child to adult. So what about the rest of us? It’s almost unforgivable to put a photo on Facebook that doesn’t adhere to standard posing principles: but do it for kicks anyway, I dare you.
Text by Marion Piper.