A broken doll with a large hole in the back, which was thrown into the street. Little by little, we can see a mirror that does not reﬂect anything. A tabula shaved in the shape of a face. Slowly we detect a real body, that of a young body. A woman holding a mirror in front of her face for protection.
But what is she protecting herself from?
With our eyes.We stick to the old adage that the face is the mirror of the soul.
Then we say to her.
Give us your face!
Unveil your soul!
To abandon her mirror would be to abandon her dreams.
I thank my friend artist Emmanuelle Bayart for performing in this photography.
© Concept, art direction, photography, postproduction: Dorothée Elisa Baumann
The New Photographic Portrait. Text by Nathalie Herschdorfer and William A. Ewing, former curator and director of Musée d'Elysée. Excerpt from the book Faces: The new photography portrait, Thames + Hudson, UK (English, French, 2006)