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Jocelyn Allen
London, United Kingdom

page 26-27, 34

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The Many Faces of JFA features self portraits taken between 26th April 2011 and 26th April 2012 in my bedroom. For this duration I aimed to take a photograph every day, overlaying the images every seven days and then every seven weeks to create one picture. The final image in the series is made up of three hundred and forty eight photographs, the missing nineteen pictures marking my absence from home.

I decided to take the single images in a raw style. This meant not altering my facial and hair appearance for the sitting, as well as removing clothing and having a plain background in order to take away any possible distraction to the overall image.

After finishing university and moving back temporarily to the family home, I began to think about the representation of a person in a photograph. Generally a portrait is just a split second of time and I felt that in one image of me to the next I looked quite different, even if they were only taken a day apart. With this in mind I began to experiment with multiple images of myself, noticing that my right eye was the one element of my face that appeared consistent every time. By making it the focal point of the photographs, it lets my other features develop and change with the short duration to create slightly hazy images that one could arguably say create a truer‚ representation of me or perhaps just an average one.

I started taking photographs at a young age and I still have a 'photobook' that I made when I was 7 (pictures taped into a notebook with felt-tip pen captions). From high school I studied a BTEC in Photography, then went to University where I did a BA in Photographic Art. The Many Faces of JFA was made in London, England where photography is a huge part of my life. I assist other photographers, visit a lot of exhibitions and continue to make my own work.



born: 1988, Birmingham, England


University of Wales, Newport. BA Photographic Art. 2010.

selected awards/honors

UK Winner, Flash Forward - Emerging Photographers, 2012.
First Place, Student Self Portrait, Pollux Awards 2010, 2011.
Class 1 Winner, Guernsey Photography Festival,  2010.

selected publications

Visual Overture, Summer 2011.
We Are Disposable Yeah, 2011.
Aesthetic Creative Works Annual, 2011.
F5 Magazine, 2010.

selected group shows

Texas State University: Speaking Without Tongues, San Marcos, TX, 2012.
Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2011.
Foto8 Gallery: Foto8 Summershow 2011, London, 2011.
Guernsey Photography Festival, Guernsey, 2011.



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