The 'Portraits of My Family' Project Turns People into Symbolic Objects

By: Alexander Lam - Published: • References: behance.net and mymodernmet
Instead of taking family portraits with people in it, artist Camilla Catrambone decided to use inanimate meaning-filled objects in 'Portraits of My Family.' The photo set features collections of objects that represent each member of Catrambone's family.

Using the belongings of each family member, the artist arranged a scene to represent a single person. The items were aligned neatly to give the sense that you are not intruding on a person's personal life and that the objects are being presented to you.

Catrambone carefully chose the objects to capture the essence of each family member. Objects that held a special significance in a person's life were laid out in order to capture a comprehensive image. The resulting photo is arguably more intimate and informative than any traditional portrait could be.