What "Lies" On The Surface

Kelsey Howells

What ‘Lies’ On The Surface is an exploration between the relationship of self and identity.

Humans survive by adapting themselves to their surroundings, similar to a chameleon. As an emotional reaction to a change in the environment a chameleon will change colour, not to blend in, but to feel comfortable. Comparably, we present a different version of ourselves to each person we encounter in certain settings.

To convey this, the photographs that make up this series include characters that the artist has both encountered, been inspired by and created. Each character is placed into a setting familiar to their own, to tell a story of self and identity.

To summarise, What ‘Lies’ On The Surface is an experimentation of self-expression, deception and how identity is perceived by others based on presentation.