Shared with a Stranger


Shared With A Stranger is a photographic exploration of a past personal trauma that has greatly informed the artist’s identity. Through the sequencing of images, a journey through the traumatic event and healing process is illustrated. This series incorporates self- portraiture and various types of photographic manipulation, such as burning, scratching, and drawing. The photographic negative is perceived as a sacred object in the realm of photography, therefore its destruction can be liberating and cathartic. Thus, these methods of manipulation act as a metaphor for intense emotional distress and serve as a visual representation of the performative and cathartic physical act of releasing negative emotions. Additionally, the manipulation visually represents a looming, threatening, and ambiguous presence within the constructed scene.

- Allison Jarek