Don’t Judge Me
By Zara Lynette Tansley
Adam Bradford considers himself a contemporary pictorialist. Staging images and working primarily with fashion and portraiture through a conceptual lens. He harnesses the potential of the photographic medium, exploring the complexities of the human form and mind.
“Don’t Judge Me” is a photographic series that examines how an individual’s perception of self is not definite and that one’s identity can be distorted by an outsider looking in. Using a combination of still life and portraiture, the work draws upon symbolism that relates to themes of sexuality, drug use, and body image.
The presence of this imagery outlines, that it is often the practices that an individual engages with, that stimulate an outsider’s assumption of their character. This notion is furthered through the covering of the muse’s eyes (or part of). Essentially these factors of the work demand the viewer to ask the question, ‘how do we define identity?’
Due to the size of the girl pictured with the measuring tape, do we assume she is lazy, insecure or has a lack of self-control? Each and every one of us have been influenced by the expectations that society has crafted, expectations that leave this girl stripped and bound by an identity that we’ve predetermined without even knowing her.