Towel Heads

The Towel Head series is indicative of the pre-conceptions and judgements people place on individuals. The term Towel Head is a ethnic slur for a person of middle eastern descent which references the turban a headwear often worn by men from the middle eastern area, however a the turban is worn by many cultures internationally.

Through a simple prop I play with the ethnicity of my models leaving the viewer unsure to their identity. The portraits expose how simple the divisions and connections between people are and how easily they can be changed and manipulated. The rich technical and historical feel of the photos only emphasises this manipulation giving a sense of truth and clout to the fabrication of the “false” portraits.