I SEE YOU LIKE THIS
SEE YOU LIKE THIS is a mobile photo studio and a process which involves parent/child pairs - enabling a child to observe their parent and a parent to experience being seen by their child. Beginning with the choice of an object which best represents their adult subject, kids completely art direct a creative portrait directly onto their parents face.
With our ever-growing appetite to document our lives through photos and selfies, children are so often the reluctant subjects of their parent’s cameras. Asked to smile, look cute, look that way, and come in closer, often an interruption to their own concentrated play, I See you Like This turns the camera back and allows children to see their parents as subjects through the lens of their own imaginations.
Parents comment……" I felt nervous when you asked my son to consider what kind of person I am." / "She has never taken this kind of interest in me." / "My daughter has never looked at me in this way." (referring to the child carefully drawing her parent's eyes). / "It was surprisingly relaxing letting her make the portrait so close to me." / "I felt closer to him doing this."
I SEE YOU LIKE THIS has had seasons at Artplay and The Arts Centre Melbourne in its studio form, and in its studio form at Stonnington City Council events and the Taste of Tasmania. In 2018 it played at the Arts Centre Melbourne in the Families program, as well as at Roola Boola, Kingston City Council, Whydham Council’s Children’s Week Picnic, Whitehorse City Council and at the West Wind Festival in Koln in Germany. 2019 also sees a full program of ISYLT incarnations at Council’s across Victoria as well as a number of festivals in Europe.
I SEE YOU LIKE THIS was commissioned by Artplay's New Ideas Lab.
I SEE YOU LIKE THIS was created by JESSICA WILSON with MATILDA WOODROOFE. Photography by CARLA GOTTGENS and studio design by ANNA TREGLOAN.
I SEE YOU LIKE THIS is a process which can be used with the booth and one on one sessions (ISYLT APPOINTMENT STYLE) OR as a festival or foyer event where kids use their parent's face as a canvas in a quick process using their parents own smartphones to capture the image (ISYLT EN MASSE). Some images from the Stonnington Christmas Carol event and the Taste of Tasmania serve as examples here. It was so empowering and fun for kids to have their parent surrender to their creative hand.