We are all born with a race and with an ethnic background in which we grown up. It is this cultural and ethnic background that shapes us an in individual, and helps each person establish their own identity. One is not born with an identity but through life experiences and defining moments in ones life an identity will and can be developed. An Identity can be altered and or changed many times throughout ones life. There are a plethora of identities that one can adopt and also many more to be invented. In the 50’s and 60’s who would have thought there would be emo kids roaming the streets. This is an identity that was invented just as all other identities have been. One strives to define themselves as unique or different with an identity, but also as part of a group. In my first self portrait I took on the identity of a nerd by wearing thick black rim glasses, pig tails, a crazy sweater and socks with my shoes. This would be how I perceive and identify a nerd. When I see a nerd I automatically think smart and technical.
Nikki S. Lee adopts identities of those around her to see what it is like to take on another persona. In the Tourist project Nikki becomes a tourist and uses her race as a tool. When one looks at her in the images one would find it hard to know she is from America. When Nikki Lee becomes a yuppie she is being seen by others as one that has money and is an important business woman. The identities that we take on define us in both good and bad ways. In my second image I took on the identity of a thug that has a tough image.
I believe the culture and society in which one grow up in strongly influences the identity that one adopts. It is basic human nature that we as humans feel comfortable becoming what we know. Those who grow up in big cities with lots of crime and gangs will most likely become part that crowd as a youth or adult.
In the final self portrait image I took on the identity of a soldier. This is a respectable image and identity that many people look up to. There are good and bad identities that one can adopt in a lifetime, and a soldier strong, tough, masculine and fearless. People believe that if they take on the personality of others it will make them popular or important. Many people adopt personalities that are different than their own for the attention. It is important for one to be themselves and know that inventing or keeping your own identity and personality is what is attractive to others.