This awesome series of self portraits by Delaney Allen definitely make up for an unusual, not very traditional approach to portraits in general. Delaney never reveals his face, camouflages it with different fabrics, hides behind bubble gum or banana and blurs the pictures at such point that is makes us curious to find out who is hidden behind.
Delaney started taking these photographs in 2011, some of the shots are very thoughtful, nicely prepared in color and composition, others are just randomly made on the spot. He was fascinated by how they can relate at once to both pattern and design and become almost a sculptural element. Normally we like to identify ourselves with others, creating our self-conciousness. As Delaney says ‘We tend to identify ourselves through others- I am her son, their friend, his girlfriend. But how do we find ourselves when we are alone?’ Reveailing through concealing. confusion and loneliness.
While we never see his face, we are handed a foundation, and through his palette of de-saturated colors and hazy lighting, the feelings of a single man emerge as the identity-less photograph still seem immensely personal.