Society's Mask

By Emma Ricci-De Lucca

In this project, I created a series of photographs that capture two sides of an identity: on one side a character that portrays what society dictates that he should be and on the other side the same character challenging that stereotype. For the former, I captured my subject representing typical and common stereotypes of black men: un-educated, aggressive, and violent. For the latter, I had my subject portraying the opposing viewpoint: well educated, mannerly, and sensitive.

I was inspired mostly by the documentary from the Miss Representation Project that discusses the many issues of gender inequality. Viewed together as a whole, I hope that the photographs incite viewers to oppose the many unjust standards and conventions put upon us by society.