Rineke Dijksta has explored an interesting idea of portraiture by photographing young people as when the began their National Service in the Israeli armed services and re-photographed them about a year later when they have returned to civilian life. The purpose is to explore how experiences and environments change us and how this is reflected in the way we look. Interestingly, Dijksta noticed that her subjects often looked younger when they came out of the service than when they started. This I find fascinating.
I notice that Maria Kapajeva has also explored this form of portraiture in her project ‘One Month’ http://www.mariakapajeva.com/one-month/ when she photographed her fellow travellers to India taking their portraits on their first day and again on their last and juxtaposing the two images to compare how the individual had altered after their stay.
Photos by Mary Kapajeva. These linked images are from her website: http://www.mariakapajeva.com Maria Kapajeva is an Eastern European artist living and working in London. I find her work very interesting and she has a unique style. Being a female artist she naturally brings in some feminine topics to her work but she combines them with cultural and modern influences that make these topics interesting. I like her style. The above image taken from her project ‘Family’ I particularly liked, as I liked the idea of two linking images.