Sarah Seené Poetic And Dreamy Nude Polaroid Self-portraits As A Way To Rebuild Her Identity

Montreal-based French photographer Sarah Seené works primarily with analog and instant photography. She creates beautiful self-portrait series composed in a strange atmosphere between dream and poetry.
‘My photographic work is mainly around the notion of ‘I’. More than that, its viscerally full of it. This concern of the ‘I’ is always brought by the way I stage myself. Nowadays, with the importance of the social image and the selfie, where the narcissism predominates, the self-portrait is questioning itself. Throughout solitary walks, consisting of exploring streets, fields, forests and abandoned houses with either my instant camera or 35mm camera, I’m looking for a place to stage myself. I’m creating it. The notion of place is in the core of my series. It’s intimately linked to my own life, to my story. To find our place or to give it to ourself. Where childhood left wounds, there must be a construction of the ‘I’ to assure our own survival. Words, too precise and clumsy for the pain and auto-construction, are replaced by images, allowing to capture some hints under the mystery, without saying too much. Analogue photography, tough and soft, is apprehended here as a mirror, a possibility to understand and access to self-love between childhood and adulthood. Since 2013, mes self-portrait series are part of the concept of resilience described by the neuro-psychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik: ‘Like in all development, we can speak of resilience only long after, when the adult finally healed, will admit the crash of his childhood. Resilience is a natural process which knits with its ecological, emotional and verbal environments’. I want to apprehend my own reality by including me in poetic and dreamy landscapes, made of nature and light, both being my main inspirations. During these mise-en-scenes, the notion of loneliness is omnipresent. A calm loneliness. Alone with my devices, my tripod, my self-timer and a couple of antic dresses in a bag, these mise-en-scenes appear as some sort of rituals with myself, in silence, convoking patience and communion with the environment. Analogue self-portrait is more suitable for mistakes. Every time, I have an idea for a photo but the result has good chances for not being adequate. Especially with this unstable and expensive medium that is the Polaroid, which raises as much stress as excitation when the image appears progressively. Sometimes, afterward, I add to these mise-en-scenes more creative steps on the materiality of the Polaroid. I use collage, super-impositions by transparency or emulsion left on paper. When the result looks fine to me, my sense of well-being is amazing and the photo appears to me as a puzzle piece, like a unique object, that contributes to the creation of my identity.’ – Sarah Seené

Sarah Seené poetic and dreamy nude polaroid self portraits as a way to rebuild her identity

Sarah Seené poetic and dreamy nude polaroid self portraits as a way to rebuild her identity

Sarah Seené poetic and dreamy nude polaroid self portraits as a way to rebuild her identity

Sarah Seené poetic and dreamy nude polaroid self portraits as a way to rebuild her identity

Sarah Seené poetic and dreamy nude polaroid self portraits as a way to rebuild her identity

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