Through My Eyes
Through My Eyes is a photojournalistic as well as a digital video project based on queer identity and experience. This project takes a physical form through the use of 4×5 photography as well as a digital video installation. Through My Eyes consists of a series of 3 images and 1 video per subject, taken in a space where they feel the most comfortable and themselves. Each subject touches upon their own experiences being queer such as their coming out stories, how being queer has impacted their lives, and any notable aspects of their journey that they wish to share. This project aims to highlight that aspect of individuality within each and every queer person. It shows that not only do queer people relate with each other through universal experiences, but also shows how each person has their own story to tell. It is about bringing people together to show that you are not alone no matter who you are or where you may come from. The merging of 4×5 photography as well as the use of video creates a sense of intimacy between the subjects and the viewers. The addition of video in the project shows the viewers that the subjects are not just part of a still image. The video aspect of the project is meant to complement and elevate the photographic portion by digging further into the backgrounds of each person and have the subjects themselves share their stories.
Ollie Lauricella is a Toronto-based media artist/photographer currently studying at Toronto Metropolitan University. Ollie creates work in both digital and analog mediums with a focus on queer theory. Most projects are done in a documentary/photojournalistic style but Ollie also likes to produce street photography as well as digital collages. The main focus of Ollie’s projects is to not only create art, but to also build a welcoming community.