PERSONAE PROJECT

 “Personae is an open stage for transformation, expression, and experimentation. By having people wear costumes and creative makeup, I offer my subjects freedom of expression. Each session people became someone else in front of the camera. I believe it is inside fiction that social conventions fade. Personae offers a glimpse into our very own personal fiction. A tiny plastic red nose is enough to transform our whole behavior,”

Dreaming Girl

Samya
Samya is my neighbor’s teenage daughter.
Art Direction by Elliott Ortiz
Hair and Makeup by Engelina Wibowo.
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ROMANTIC POET

Romantic Poet

John James Muller
In this image John represents a lavish poet from the nineteenth century. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

John has spearheaded PR initiatives for dozens of events including NYFW, SWIM Fashion Week Miami, Pinta: The Latin American Art Fair, Art Basel Miami Beach and petitePARADE Kids Fashion Week
Art Direction by Elliott Ortiz
Hair and Makeup by Olga Subach.
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REMBRANDT

REMBRANDT

Jesús Papoleto Melendez
Papoleto asked me: What if we do Rembrandt? 

About the Artist

Raised in New York City’s East Harlem, Poet and Playwright Jesús Papoleto Melendez is one of the Founding Poets of The Nuyorican Poet Movement.
 
Art Director Elliott Ortiz
Makeup Artist Engelina Wibowo
Photo Assistant Javier Aguirre

 

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Artist

ARTIST

Antonia Guerrero 
In this image Antonia is representing herself. The piece in the back is her own. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Antonia Guerrero is a Mexican artist based in New York City since 1999. Her multifaceted work revolves around issues of personal and cultural identity.
The relationship between ancient history and contemporary culture, ideas of time and space, of the real and unreal, of mystical and supernatural worlds have been principal components of her visual language.
Art Director Elliott Ortiz
Makeup Artist Engelina Wibowo
Photo Assistant Javier Aguirre

 

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Here goes your title

Clown

Tyler Moss
Tyler’s photoshoot was a masterclass on Clown performance. We could see and feel every emotion he was feeling.  He had us laughing and crying. This image caught my eye because we can feel his fragility.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Tyler Moss is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Shakespeare Forum. With a bounce in his step and a gleam in his eye, he has an incredible passion for getting the best out of every actor he works with.
The Shakespeare Forum
 
Art Director  Elliott Ortiz
Makeup Engelina Wibowo
Hair  Jason Linkow

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BALLERINA

BAllERINA

“Carlos David captures through his camera not only the expression of the imaginary character that you feel and represent, reflecting it from the inside and making it real. Under the artistic direction and creativity of Elliott, they have captured in the photo the initial idea of this production that, in my opinion, has become colossal.”

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Marina Del’ Ellmo
Marina specialize in classical ballet, pointe technique, variations and repertoire.
Art Director … Elliott Ortiz
Makeup & Hair … Engelina Wibowo

 

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FALLEN ANGEL

Elliott Ortiz
I was inspired by Caravaggio’s ‘David with the head of Goliath’ painting for the lighting of this image.  

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Elliott Ortiz C. is a visionary artistic director, choreographer and producer who has extensive experience collaborating for Performing Arts institutions in South America, Europe, Canada and more recently in USA.
Hair and Makeup by Engelina Wibowo.

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Expectant

EXPECTANT

Carmen Ponce de Leon
I wanted to capture that feeling of uncertainty that motherhood can give.  

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Carmen is a Sculptor and Visual Artist based in New York City. At the moment of this photo she was eight months pregnant.
 Art Director Elliott Ortiz
Makeup Artist Olga Subach
Hair Stylist Timur Sadykov

 

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JESTEr

JESTER

Stephanie Lindquist
The Jester came  from the way we might present our selves to others. As that fun happy person to avoid conflict or confrontation. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Stephanie A. Lindquist is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects on identity and place by activating found material through gesture. Her work spans from video and sculpture to drawing and printmaking.
Art Director Elliott Ortiz
Makeup Engelina Wibowo
Hair  Francesca Maria
Photo Assistant Michael Alexander

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DEER

DEER 

Gianni said she wanted to be a deer… and I almost panicked. How are we going to make you a deer? Obviously I was thinking Santa… Then she arrived with this beautiful dress from her own creation. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Gianni is a self proclaimed renaissance woman.
Art Director Elliott Ortiz 
Makeup and Hair Engelina Wibowo
Antlers Gia Gutierrez
Dress Gianni Lauren
 
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GIRL

GIRL

Austin 
Austin came with her mother. We took a few portraits of them together and I thought about using those ones. But when she was by herself… it was powerful. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Austin likes fashion.
Art Director  Elliott Ortiz
Makeup  Engelina Wibowo 
Hair Francesca Maria
Photo Assistant  Michael Alexander
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Beekeeper

BEEKEEPER 

Taylor Boutwell 
I like this image because it seems like I caught him in the middle of something. Like he was working, heard some noise, raised his head and there was the camera… 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Taylor is a trader that loves bees has a beehive in his garden and always looks at things from a different angle. We had many great conversations about this project. 
Art Director  Elliott Ortiz
Makeup  Engelina Wibowo 
Hair Francesca Maria
Photo Assistant  Michael Alexander

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