Omer Kaplan

Potential Space

Potential Space is a collaborative project intended to create an intimate and safe space for self-validation and discomfort. Through sessions that lasted only a few hours, we were able to connect emotionally and have an open discourse.

I met the women in my photographs in online forums and invited them to my home. Every shoot started with me taking images of them. Then, I would ask them to take a self-portrait without me in the room. I would tell them that they were free to change their clothing and pose however they would like. One of them even asked to take a short nap in my bed. Afterward, I would ask them to write about their experiences. I did not see their photographs until I developed them in the darkroom. This way, I let each subject’s voice be heard through collaborative texts and imagery.

The process of taking these images was difficult for me, as it forced me to deal with feelings of blame and self-doubt, which often come out when I’m having relationships with women. As a teenager, I had panic attacks and I felt that there was no place for me to express myself. Through this project, I wanted to provide my subjects with a space to potentially explore their personalities so that they could be loyal to who they are. I believe that this work has enabled me to develop a better understanding of who I am, as well.