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Self-Portraits as Different People Wearing Different Clothing in Different Places

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When photographer Caleb Cole sees strangers in public, he wonders about them — the lives they lead, how they experience the world, how they make meaning of things, etc. This interest led him to start a self-portrait project titled “Other People’s Clothes. It’s a series of photos in which Cole steps “into the shoes of the types of people” he sees on a daily basis.

Cole has been working on the series for about five years now. Each of the portraits starts out with an item of clothing that Cole buys, finds, or borrows.

Using that clothing item, Cole dreams up a character to fill the clothes, and then a space for that character to occupy. He then uses a tripod and self-timer to photograph himself as that person.

In addition to themes of identity and belonging, Cole tells us that the series is also about “human expectation and desire and how people deal with those desires not matching with the reality of their lives.”

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You can find the entire series of photographs over on Cole’s website. The photos have also been published as a limited edition book that costs $60.

Other People’s Clothes by Caleb Cole (via PDN)


Image credits: Photographs by Caleb Cole and used with permission


 
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  • http://twitter.com/leandrodiogenes Leandro Diogenes

    Why so sad?

  • photosforus

    I don’t get it. Maybe it’s too late in the day. I’ll check again in the morning.

  • Halabar

    Interesting concept, but it would be better if it wasn’t relying on stereotypes that he’s contrived. Instead, it would far more interesting if he was photographing himself in another person’s full life (home, clothes, etc).

  • PocitoMustacio

    Spot on lighting for some. A little off the mark on others. Overall, I think it’s a successful series.

  • harumph

    My guess is because he’s been looking at a lot of Gregory Crewdson.

  • Pete

    Jeeeeeeeesus, the people on this website.

  • tyrohne

    Clever excuse to cross dress. I should take some notes…

    And I actually enjoyed the series. They have a very “Wes Anderson” feel to them to me.

  • Frawley photo

    Really nice. Very interesting series

  • http://twitter.com/Mattsby Matt Cohen

    Brilliant

  • Michael Della Polla

    One of my favorite bodies of work Ive seen over here on petapixel!! Great post!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/igor.kennn Igor Ken

    AMAZING!

  • Wallerus

    I dig the photos and concept, but the title of this article needed more instances of “different” in there. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547767390 Håvard Fandrem

    You’re absolutely right about the Wes Anderson feel! That’s a great way to describe them.

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    Great.

  • Jason

    He looks like Tin Tin.