This work considers our ever shifting idenitities. The portraits are physically disrupted to represent how the people and media we interact with alter and shape who we become.

The images represent iterations of identity, self representation and belonging.

I've drawn on the parallels between how we think of identity and how John Szarkowski defined a photograph...

The nature of a photograph can be defined as the object itself;
the details it shows;
the specific moment in time it was taken;
what is included within the frame (as well as what was left out)
and the vantage point from which it was taken.
It can also be thought of a representation of truth.
If it was photographed it must have existed at that moment in time.

In parallel, our identity can be defined by our physical appearance and by the details of our traits and characteristics that we choose to reveal.
We select which parts to reveal and which bits to “crop out” in any given relationship or situation.
Our identity evolves over time and yet can be defined at a particular moment or interaction.
It can also be definied by how we position ourself in the world.
Finally, the perspective from which we’re seen by others alters their interpretation of who we might be.

In both definitions we can only convey a discrete amount of information in any one interaction (or image) and that information can shift and change over time, from interaction to interaction and image to image.

The number of ways in which we edit and alter ourselves is as varied as the number of people, places and situations we find ourselves in.


This series of images considers the aspects of our identity that we choose to show and hide. What we conceal and what we reveal in order to fit in and feel a sense of beloning.

Social norms and sterotypes are often the main determinant of what we choose to conceal, allowing only the parts of ourselves that we feel will be accepted to be viewed by others.

Depending on the social situation or the people we are with the masks we choose change.



adding dimension to surface impressions



Adding dimension to surface impressions

I started to work with this idea of identity as a flat 2D photograph.

Both give a first impression or snap shot rather than an in depth understanding of what is contained within. Each are open to the interpretation and the perceptions of the viewer.

As a viewer we often take these snapshots of a person’s identity and create a more in depth version of that person mentally, forming ideas and stories about them based on the surface level information we have.

As we create a 3D version of who they are in our minds, that 3D version becomes skewed and weighted with our own perspectives, experiences, ideas, judgements and beliefs.

These 3D objects are a visual representation of how we take two dimensional information and fill it with our own stories to shape and give depth to the people we meet and how that shape/depth is often very different to reality.

In the finished pieces the viewer gets to see different aspects of the photograph/individual depending on the perspective and position from which they're viewing the object, manipulating what they choose to see.




Past Self

Hazy Rose Tinted memories from the family album


In this series I'm working through ideas of how identity shifts and alters through time.

The work considers how we construct our ideas of identity on past versions of ourselves, quite often from the family album and what our families tell us about who we were in our younger days.

But those memories and identities are hazy and fractured and if in a family album, almost always a little rose tinted.

These fractions and snippets of our past selves are woven into a sense of who we once were, the foundations of who we've become. They give a distorted sense of what the reality may have been away from the camera as the curator tries to present a version of what they wanted everyone to see.

This is my take on The Family Album and what it tells us about ourselves.


adele annett iterations and lost parts

These portraits are physically disrupted to represent how the people and media we interact with alter and shape who we become.

The images represent iterations of identity, self representation and belonging during a particular place and time.

By disrupting the photographs flat surface and altering what we expect to see I attempt to play with visual perceptions both in terms of what a photograph is and our perceptions of identity. Both being constructs of culture, one visual and the other social.

This work looks at the more permanent ways in which we are changed through our relationships with others and also the more temporary manipulations of what we show, hide and alter of ourselves in everyday life.



Adele Annett. Digital Identity Online. 2022


This work considers online identity. Particularly the online personas we create and perhaps feel the need to maintain.

The video work above is how I often feel about sustaining a social media presence, particularly on my business accounts where I feel I have to be consistent and appease an algorithm and all the rules of "successful social media engagement".

Following this is a more general exploration into online identities and the different sides of ourselves that we show in different online spaces.

Finally, I look at how the digital world impacts the physical. Considering how the software behind filters impacts our physical ideals around beauty.

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