STEFDIES is a photographic performance art series that chronicles a life. Each photo is an “anti-selfie” that strives to get back to the roots of what a photograph was intended to be- a captured moment in time.
The series provokes discussion on mortality, the function of photography, and stirs the imagination. Nothing is premeditated or prepared in these photographs, the shot is captured in the moment as it occurs.
No special equipment, lighting, or conditions are met. I (the artist) go about my normal day, and if there happens to be a moment or a place I happen to find particularly provoking, I will take a STEFDIES photo. That is the beauty of this series, each photo is just a blip in a day. Nothing less, nothing more. It is the truest sense of what I believe photographs should be- tangible physical proof that “I was here“.
STEFDIES is a celebration of life. One critic encapsulated it beautifully in his review below.
The STEFDIES series reminds us we will one day die, like our face down figure. Hence seeing her in the photograph wakes up not only the image but us. Here is our dead body outside Big Ben… We are given the opportunity to ‘die before we die’ and really take in the moment in the photo as we must in life. It is not about death, it is about life. Here is Big Ben today.
We cannot count on tomorrow. Let us celebrate these moments. How many more times will you actually see Big Ben in life? Your family at Christmas? etc.
STEFDIES is a constant reminder of how precious life is. The breath inside is what we all ultimately seek.