it’s iO here. I want to address an issue that repeatedly comes up at shoots.
When I ask you to take your glasses off, it’s not because I’m on a four eyed power trip and want to be the only one able to see, nor do I find you unattractive with them on. It is a logistical issue. You see, often times, because I shoot these portraits in natural daylight, your glasses reflect things, thus hiding your eyes and giving me a portrait of myself taking your picture, as well as everything behind me.
Occasionally it works, and people can leave their glasses on. This is not because they are cuter than anyone else, or I favor Oliver Peoples over Moscot. It is strictly because the light allows for it in that particular instance.
I know many of us have worn our goggles since we were little, and they are a part of our identities, and the last thing I want to do is strip you of any part of your beautiful selves, but the point of this project is to look into people’s eyes and see their humanity. If your eyes are shielded by a reflective portrait of me with a camera in front of my face, well then we have lost the plot, haven’t we…
Thank you endlessly for your support and participation. I am very sorry if I have violated you in any way by asking you to remove your spectacles. Just so you know, I think glasses are sexy.
With much love and gratitude,
iO Tillett Wright