Having turned forty years old in February 2018, I have approached this landmark year with a sense of optimism and curiosity for what lies ahead. :-) 

Inspired by Imogen Cunningham's work 'After Ninety', I have decided to document forty people who are turning or have turned forty in 2018. I am keen to capture images that will reflect individual truths of being forty years old in 2018.

Drawing upon several influences, including Carl Jung's 'The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious'; he believed that universal, mythic characters—archetypes—reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over. These universal primordial images and ideas, or archetypes, manifest into a set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society. 

I too likewise believe that I have been influenced by multiple streams of iconography, imagery, historical stories and fables, characters and ideas, and have formed my own style of conceptual portraiture - namely, Shychetypes. Each individual portrait is conceived from the answers each 'model' relays to the forty questions I ask them in an interview. I draw upon my own imagination, their experiences, my fantasies, and notions of archetypes to create their own unique Shychetype.


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