This series makes use of projection photography---a technique that originated in the 1960s with the work of John French, in which photographic images were projected onto a model. In this series, images selected by the subjects themselves were projected from a mini-beamer onto two amateur subjects---i.e. onto "real people".
By mid-2020, I had undertaken projection portraiture sessions with several professional models. These resulted in portraits that were something of a cross between body painting and abstract art. The professional models knew how to pose, and they were quite comfortable with their bodies and with posing in a near-dark room with a mini-beamer shining in their eyes. This made me wonder how a projection portraiture session would turn out if "real people" were the subject of a shoot. How would they behave, and how would their portraits appear, if amateur subjects had images projected onto their bodies?
To answer this question, I approached two relatives to ask if they would like to try a projection portraiture session. Initially reluctant, they both changed their minds and a photo shoot was scheduled for November 2020. Each subject was asked to select images that they'd like to have projected onto themselves. One selected images of birds and flowers, and the other selected images of fresh fruits and vegetables, and dark abstract images.
The projection photo-shoot with the two "real people" went quite well. Sessions were conducted with the two women together, and with each separately. In practice, there were far fewer differences between working with professional and amateur subjects than I had expected there might be. There was, however, much more spontaneity and a wider range of emotions displayed by the "real people" than in a photoshoot with professional models. While both subjects were initially hesitant at the start of the photoshoot, by the end of it, they were giggling and having a grand time.