Mae Elvis Kaufman is not sitting bored at home. As she winds down after another banal day at work, Kauffman transforms into dreamed-up characters. Her apartment serves as a stage for the many people living in her head.
Instagram allows its users to take voyeuristic travels into countless other lives. From diverse selfies, to capturing photos from their walk to work, or showing what they had for breakfast, we see nearly every move of stranger’s lives. This idea electrified Kaufman and has resulted in her re-enacting her glimpses of strangers. “Narrative, composition, my character’s “inner life,” lighting, and the sense of environment are all artistic methods that I call upon when making a piece. I also like poses/scenarios that can feel private, like you’re getting a peek into some woman’s world that you normally wouldn’t have access to.”
“I think you have to do you, and not be afraid to let your freak flag fly! I think sharing your vulnerability and your interests in a way that’s meaningful to you is always the best way to create a picture that will speak to others,” Kaufman said for Vogue.
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