Dress: rehearsal is from a photography session launching Dress – a series of self-portraits begun with the intent of featuring dresses from the 1940’s through the 1970’s which I began acquiring in 2017. This photo shoot took place in September of 2018 and I worked with artist Alan Rowe Kelly to create hairstyles with vintage references and makeup with a futuristic look.
I knew heading into this “rehearsal” what I needed to do as a photographer, but I had not thought through my role as “model.” Over the course of the shooting, it became clear this endeavor would be as much or more about how I inhabited my body than about the dresses themselves.
The photos include, in some instances, a cane and a hat, objects introduced to the frame in the spirit of the work of Malian photographer Seydou Keïta whose sitters often brought favored material items to include in their portrait. The cane is that of my Palestinian paternal great grandfather and the sunglasses are my own.