For my assignment, I had to take three self-portrait pictures that express my identity. I decided that my three self-portrait photographs would be on one identity in my life, which is dance. I love dance and it is a huge part of my life. I did not want to get three photographs of various forms of dance that I love, yet one certain dance move and to show the progression of the dance move portrayed in the three photographs. I decided to use the dance move from the French word, la seconds. This dance move is done by spinning with your leg outward while going round and round. The first photo is the prep of the la second. The prep, or preparation, is starting off the dance move in a certain stance so that one can have the right amount of momentum to complete the spin. Then the next shot shows me in motion with my right leg out pointing to the side and it is about to come forward to complete the move; the completion of the move happens in the next photograph. My body comes forward to the front while my arms are stretched into a “T” and my right leg is parallel lifted in the air.
These three photographs completed the progression of a la seconds. I chose to do my self-portraits in this style because it demonstrates the growth of a dancers and the growth I went through as a dancer as well as a person. The first picture shows a dancer starting off with a prep, not at her full potential but slowly starting off. In the second photo, you see not quite at her full potential but slowly she starting to grow into her full potential. While the third picture you see her full growth and development into the person and dancer that she is with the confidence to shine. I felt as if doing a la second was similar to going through life, how you slowly work your way up to the person you truly are, yet along the way learning how to get through life and growing that way. Even when you fall you get back up. I have fallen many times while doing la seconds and I have struggled it is like life you get over the falls and the struggles and that has made me a stronger dancer and person.
Identify is what a person decides to become and what the define themselves by. You are born with aspects of your identity, such as your family is part of your identity or your race. What race an individual is not what solely determines how a person is, this does not mean that you will make that aspect your entire identity. Some people do not even know their own nationality so it impossible to be defined by traits such as these. On the other hand, people are defined by what they do. Some people are cheerleaders and that is not something you are born into, it is something you choose to do and something you choose to represent you. Sometimes we choose peoples identity based off of their looks by stereotyping them. An example would be girls who look really girly we would just assume that they would be into shopping even though the girl could hate shopping and be interested in sports. I think our identities are both physical and psychological. We constitute our bodies as part of our identity. Being the skinny squirrely boy or being the overweight unhealthy girl, that is what we are classified by. Our identity is psychological due to the fact that everything in life is psychological. You put yourself into your own schema and decide who you are and what you represent and those things make up your identity.
As human beings, we judge others on what they look like a first glance. First impressions matter. Once meeting a person, you come up with the idea of who you think they are and your opinion of them. We, as Americans, are very obsessed with how we look and appear to others. It is part of our culture; our outward appearances are very important and it is a cultural norm for our society. While in other parts of the world, like tribes in the Amazon or villages in the mountains of Peru, outward appearance is not as important. In America, it is important to be thin, to be accepted in society, and to be seen as beautiful. While in regions in Africa there are women who while they are engaged spend three months in a hut called “the fat hut”. The women go in there as healthy, thin women and come out as obese women yet in their culture this is seen as beautiful. I do not think people are every truly themselves nor do I think they ever will be. You will never know yourself due to the fact that we are forever changing and growing as people. No one will ever know who they are because of change.