Galleries: The Topology of the Face

Based on passport imagery, physiognomy and the topology of the face, this work is an exploration of identity, nature and nurture. By overlaying ordnance survey maps of hometowns over passport style portraits, then stamping an aerial view of the same area to further distort features, questions arise of how the areas we live shape our identity. Can the places we live actually shape our features?

Further questions occurred while researching information monitoring and biometrics; how are we identified and assessed by others when our backgrounds are revealed? One image remains unmasked as the ordnance survey data was unavailable for Northern Ireland, widening the connotations of the impact in knowing a persons birthplace can have upon our reading of their character.