This project documents human life on a scientific and emotional level. Each portrait is captured by resting a camera on the participant’s chest and pointing the camera up to the night sky for a 30-second exposure. Acting like a fingerprint, the unique movement of each person’s breath creates a visual oscillation of the stars above. As a result, the portraits possess distinctive properties that are reflected by varying factors such as weather, ambient light, GPS coordinates, and each person’s breath patterns. These individual portraits are assembled into a greater wall installation giving the appearance of a large star field in the night sky and making reference to a microcosm of human life on earth.
These images are captured with a digital camera. Each image is printed at 20″ square as an archival pigment print using an Epson large format 9880 printer. Each photograph is signed by the artist en verso and printed in a limited edition of 10. Site specific custom installations are also available.