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Evidence of Identity

Ida Strzelczyk | Poland

Evidence of Identity - Andrzej

I am carefully watching the fragments of their bodies covered with ink. The multitude of tattoos and the variety of those who wear them is fascinating. Why do they actually do this? The experience of tattooing is painful, though sometimes addictive and the pattern remains on the skin forever. For me, tattoos are the evidences of their "owners" identities. Like special trademarks people use them to express themselves in many ways: their fascinations, aspirations, emotions and esthetic tastes. Marking their bodies seem to be a way to seek their identity. You can treat the human body as "the story of one's life" or as a blank canvas to fill. Regardless of motivation, a tattoo becomes an integral part of one's body, showing their personality. Therefore, on my photographs I have decided to combine the portraits of tattooed people and their actual tattoos during a few seconds of exposure. My aim was to mix together the two evidences of these persons' identities: the face and the everlasting pattern.

Credits for this project (collective exhibitions, contests and publications):

2013: Diploma Projects 2013, diploma with distinction, The Association of Polish Art Photographers (ZPAF), Warsaw, Poland 

2013: FotoOpen, V FotoArtFestival, Bielsko-Biała, Poland

2014: PUOT EXPO 2014, finalist, Polaniecka Galeria Fotografii, Polanica-Zdrój, Poland

2014: Slideluck Warsaw I, finalist, Warsaw Photo Days 2015, Warsaw, Poland

2015: Evidence of Identity in "contra doc!" #7 photo magazine

I am carefully watching the fragments of their bodies covered with ink. The multitude of tattoos and the variety of those who wear them is fascinating. Why do they actually do this? The experience of tattooing is painful, though sometimes addictive and the pattern remains on the skin forever. For me, tattoos are the evidences of their "owners" identities. Like special trademarks people use them to express themselves in many ways: their fascinations, aspirations, emotions and esthetic tastes. Marking their bodies seem to be a way to seek their identity. You can treat the human body as "the story of one's life" or as a blank canvas to fill. Regardless of motivation, a tattoo becomes an integral part of one's body, showing their personality. Therefore, on my photographs I have decided to combine the portraits of tattooed people and their actual tattoos during a few seconds of exposure. My aim was to mix together the two evidences of these persons' identities: the face and the everlasting pattern.

Ida Strzelczyk

www.idastrzelczyk.com

ida.strzelczyk@gmail.com

+48698964854

www.idastrzelczyk.com

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