San Rafael 8, San Francisco 2013

Karin Ott

Sometimes I realize that the creativity of nature surpasses anything we humans can think up.

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Man’s Burden – New work up on my portfolio

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Black man’s burden, white man’s burden, any man’s burden…

What do we carry, how do we carry it and how do we carry ourselves?

We all carry something – bags, water bottles, scars, excess weight, tattoos, emotional pain. Some of what we carry is evident as they are physical objects but the rest we can only speculate about.

With this body of work my intention is to focus on what people physically carry but to encourage the viewer to look deeper. I chose to make the images faceless as faces often draw our attention. My aim here is to look beyond facial expression.

We all have preset notions about a person from the way they look but often these notions tell us more about ourselves than about the person we are looking at. By considering what clues to the personality we can glean from just looking at the center of a person, what they carry, and how they carry themselves we might gain an insight into how we view ourselves.