celebrity (resting bitch face)
2014

While the pursuit of your dreams is an American ideal, American culture has an unhealthy obsession with dreams of fame. The people photographed for this project are the celebrities our youth should look up to. They are defined by more than an aspiration to be recognized by popularity, status, or social media. These portraits show people who are characterized by more than a single word - celebrity. They are artists, musicians, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs, programmers, facilitators, administrators, idealists, philosophers, mothers, and fathers. The persons in the photographs were asked to wear minimal makeup and present themselves with a resting face. Contrary to their personalities, these celebrities wear a resting bitch face popular among celebrity portraits.

photographs
© carlsweets

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_01_kelly_web1.jpg
kelly

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

community education manager, world traveler, NPR listener, vegetarian cook, downward facing dogs, urban hiker, craft beer enthusiast, amateur harmonium player

"The truth will set you free - but first, it will piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_01_jason_web1.jpg
jason

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

husband, web developer, bassist

"Freed from desire, then you can see the hidden mystery." - Lao Tzu

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_01_mara_web1.jpg
mara

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

wife, daughter, sister, singer, photographer, marketing communications specialist

"The soul never thinks without a picture." - Aristotle

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_01_sarah_web1.jpg
sarah

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

paralegal, yoga teacher, volunteer, activist, student, sister, daughter, friend, runner, biker, hiker, general lover of life

"Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you."
- David Whyte

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_01_amanda_web1.jpg
amanda

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, runner, teacher

"Bella Rose, where's your toes!"

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_01_john_web1.jpg
john

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

manager, coach, father, athlete, sports enthusiast

"People are much more likely to act their way into a new way of thinking than think their way into a new way of acting." - Richard Pascale

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_01_wendy_web1.jpg
wendy

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

curious, storyteller, purveyor of kindness, knowledge worker, teacher, researcher, do-gooder, philosopher

"Saying yes to opportunity opens a space of possibility."

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_01_kristin_web1.jpg
kristin

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, boss, problem-solver, researcher, catholic, creative thinker, day-dreamer

"The master jack of all trades."

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_01_matt_web1.jpg
matt

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

father, husband, son, brother, musician, intra operative neuro-monitoring technician

"Well, it's no trick to make a lot of money... if all you want is to make a lot of money." - Bernstein from Citizen Kane, Orson Wells

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_natalie_web1.jpg
natalie

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

doula, aspiring midwife, holistic health coach

"Give me adventure or give me death."

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_jason_web1.jpg
jason

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

field applications engineer, business consultant, off-road motorcyclist, amateur brewer, outdoor enthusiast, musician

"You can turn off the tv, but you can't turn off mediocrity."

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_dave_web1.jpg
dave

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

musician (guitarist, bassist, composer), sound engineer, writer

"I'm always in danger of Amtraking, because I could train wreck at any moment."

 
http://carlsweets.com/files/gimgs/th-56_carl_web1.jpg
carl

archival ink jet print
25" x 20"
2014

artist, educator, technology consultant, traveler

"5 finger foreskin"