Susan Barnett‘s “Not In Your Face” is a collection of photographic images approaching the portrait genre from an unconventional angle.
The entire series by the U.S. photographer is based on the principle of the figure seen from the back. An anonymous back seems to be addressing the viewer, clad in illustrative and flashy clothing. Where before one would try to decipher someone’s facial expression in getting to know them, nowadays this communication has moved down to the chest, or even the back. This shift has become a direct and efficient message. At the same time, helped by the anonymous street setting, it becomes an indirect appeal. The quest for identity has become a philosophy blending into ideology and ultimately worn on one’s body.