From the painterly self-portraits of the past to iPhone selfies of the future — humans seem ever intrigued by representations of themselves. Through a series of strangely surreal nudes, Milan based photographer Sofia Masini has developed her own self-portrait — gently interrogating ideas of beauty and identity against the backdrop of an empty apartment.
Masani’s self-portraits are exposed and distorted, set against an empty home. The figure is always faceless, with limbs at odd angles — sometimes tense, sometimes comfortable. Masini explains, “This series of self-portraits grew spontaneously. Slowly shooting photos became an opportunity to look at myself without any filter, to meditate on the loss of certainty and nothingness that was distressing me.” Through her photographic process, Masini created a safe space for herself; “Listening to my nude body I became able to create a space for myself, where I could live and express my feelings of abandonment, loss, strength, weakness, freedom, and solitude without any fear of being judged.”
All images © Sofia Masini