Photographer Tom Schifanella is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From the project ‘Body and Soul’. To see Tom ’s body of work, click on any image.
Photographers from Man Ray to Robert Mapplethorpe have used their face and body as a medium for artistic expression. Inspired by this historical narrative, I investigate the beliefs and experiences that continue to shape my life through self portraiture. These visual explorations of nature, religion, politics and morality are an intimate photographic diary of my journey through life. In the age of the selfie, I want to make self portraits that connect emotionally with the viewer and push artistic expression to new heights.
All of the self portraits in this series are made by combining two separate photographs into a single image. I begin by taking a photograph of my body which becomes the canvas or foundation of the portrait. The second photograph represents the experience and emotion of the portrait, what I call the soul of the image.
All images and text © Tom Schifanella
By Tom Schifanella
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