Faces of Perception


"It was liberating, but also a little bit scary. Showing your insecurities like that to people you may not know very well is a bit frightening."

"I was expecting positives about my physical features, but they were all about my personality. All of my insecurities were about my personality, so that felt really good."



"Becoming a subject was eye opening. The cameras and lights, the words, the photographers, that's all really intimidating. In the end, though, it was an incredibly rewarding experience."

"The biggest thing was getting the feeling that my insecurities were out and not as bad as I made them out to be."



"It was really nice to have many of my friends come in and write way more good things than bad things."

“I didn’t know my friends thought that way of me. I thought all they could see were my insecurities cause that’s all I could see.”



"The experience, as a whole, was surreal."

"When people you know well write positive things on you, you can't help but smile. Getting to really experience the positive on you was powerful."


This is a project concerning the differences in perception of ourselves: what we think versus what our friends think. This project enunciates the stark contrast between these perceptions. With the help of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Photography Club, I brought together eight subjects: seven students (myself included) and a teacher at MSMS. These portraits show how misconstrued, and perhaps even wrong, our ideas of ourselves can be.

The Process

First, the subjects came in with a list of their insecurities, which were written on their bodies.

After washing off their insecurities, the subjects brought in their friends, who wrote positive things on them. The subjects then reacted to what their friends said as they read them aloud.