A visual exploration of Wilful Blindness

Continuing on the exploration of the concept of wilful blindness, or the tendency for humans to ignore the ambiguous or difficult, I shot a few scenes last weekend on the shoreline of Connecticut.

This first picture is setting up for a scene called “Selfie”. The two young women facing away from the camera will be set up to seem completely self-absorbed by getting the perfect selfie shot. The woman, lying face-down on the beach, is the subject of the photograph. Her position is meant to seem ambiguous: Is she alive, drunk or dead? Unintentionally, this woman has clothes identical to the young boy who was found on the shore, dead, by Turkish police during the major migration of Syrians two years ago. Interestingly, the person who snapped this shot captured the expression of a passer-by who isn’t quite sure what is going on. I am the photographer in the back of the shot. Ironically, I am not aware that my picture is being taken in this shot.

This next shot, two people in a low-cost hotel room, is practice for a scene depicting human trafficking. In this version, the victim is on the floor and her leg is visible. The lighting proved too cheery and the the foreground too busy. I made some adjustments for the final shot which will be posted as my Work in Progress Portfolio.