Artist Caleb Cole Uses Self-Portraits to Examine the Inner Lives of Others

So rarely do self-portraits allow for the artist to examine the lives of others. Cindy Sherman, of course, is a rarity in that her presence on camera is so malleable, allowing her to embody innumerable different individuals outside of herself. Sherman has had a distinct influence on other photographers who work in self-portraiture, and Boston-based photographer Caleb Cole seems to have been inspired by her classic style. In his collection, Other People’s Clothes (spotted via Feature Shoot), Cole uses salvaged clothing and evocative locations to create self-portraits that take the focus off him and put it on the lives of fictional individuals. “They are portraits of people I have never met but with whom I feel familiar,” Cole explains, “as well as documents of the process wherein I try on the transitional moments of others’ lives in order to better understand my own.”

Caleb Cole Other People's Clothes
Image credit Caleb Cole