Snapshot surveillance by photographer and writer, Hartnett.
What has always intrigued me, are the motivations to dress up, the resourcefulness and the often desperate need to be seen as an individual.
Almost indefinable, invariably intangible, style is a magic formula that thrills and delights us.
I’m drawn to faces, made-up faces. I have to admit, however, that in the main I’m drawn to documenting subjects with sheep-like mentality so much of the time. The way I see the world can be cruel.
I’m lured by faces, particularly faces that’ve been transformed by make-up. I’m drawn by the masks so many leave the house wearing and mesmerised by women who choose to make-up on London Underground. Down goes my book or copy of Metro, to watch the application of foundation, powder, lippy, mascara.
Sometimes, what I observe is a natural enhancement, sometimes a transformation, ready to play the role(s) of the day. A form of facial concealment that secures confidence?
Whilst minimal, natural make-up is a form of Photoshopping life, it’s when make-up transforms beyond recognition that interests me.
Beyond mere exterior, it’s the internal make-up of the wearer that is of primary interest… the mental constitution, a subject’s psychological aspect that I wish to consider in this process. The need to often conceal one face, portray another.