Being Grandad, 2010
Jocelyn Allen’s series One Is Not Like The Other is an interesting exploration into the theme of identity. Allen positions herself as a ‘copy’ of her close relatives in a series of portraits, presented to us as diptychs and triptychs, taking on their stances, clothes and environments.
Allen’s portraits contain clues and hints into the sitter’s persona within the subtle differences of pose or clothing. For me the placement of a hand or an undone button become important and cleverly alter’s my perception of this copied ‘identity’ and allows me to see Allen’s individuality.
One of the things I find most fascinating is the drastic alteration Allen’s own identity undertakes by donning her subjects clothing and environments, she is truly transformed.
Her work was recently on show at the Guernsey Photography Festival and will be on show from tomorrow at the Foto8 Summershow 2011 and also at the MadArt Gallery in Dublin as part of PhotoIreland on the 15th July.
Being Nan, 2010
Being Dad, 2010
Being Mum, 2010
Being Jocelyn, 2010