Even When She’s In Front Of The Lens, This Artist’s Self-Portraits Aren’t About Her

Sparre started her artistic career as a ballet dancer, but when she realized that dancing professionally was not the right path for her, she began looking for a new outlet.


“When I discovered photography,” she writes, “I never looked back.”


As is the case for most interdisciplinary creators, it’s clear that Sparre’s performance artistry informs her visual work.


While we meticulously stage and curate the images that we want others to see, Sparre’s collections grow more organically. She focuses on each individual image and waits for any underlying themes to reveal themselves over time.


“With each image,” she explains,”I look to capture a feeling — something that I can relate to. That is where I get my motivation to take the next picture.”


While not all of her photographs are self-portraits, her focus remains the same. The goal is to compose images that tell stories.


In a way that’s largely unfamiliar to society as it functions today, the subject of Sparre’s photos is the narrative, and not the person in front of the lens.


The person in each photograph only matters insofar as their presence helps convey the composition’s message. Beyond that, self-centric self-portraiture holds very little interest for her. That concept is as refreshing as it is enigmatic.


And it’s an enigma that we may all need to consider before we fall into seriously egotistical territory.


While Sparre herself may appear in some of these images, she makes it perfectly clear that it’s not about her. In fact, it’s not really about anyone.