Seeing Others Seeing Ourselves

Every day we encounter people and make judgments based upon their appearance. With his photographs, Gabriel Steele explores the human condition specifically the veil/masks that individuals wear or create as a visual representation of themselves through a series of documented portraits in the photographic style of Arnaud Maggs. Steele becomes a simple observer and captures the visual present before his camera. He has created contact sheet type prints that contain 12 exposures of his sitters based on the impact of the collected photos. By simply capturing what is before his camera Gabriel has allowed the sitter to make the statement of who they think they are. The observer can now attempt to interpret the sitters’ visual representation of themselves and reconcile whether or not that message is received, believed, or understood.

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