The Complexity of Understanding People As They Live

We play strange roles in each other's lives that are always changing. The power of our own narrative is so strong that we're often oblivious to these roles, especially ones outside our close circles.

The hand and paper cutout in this picture are paired with with the negative space of a man to illustrate the absurdity of attaching a whole individual to one static image, even though that is exactly what we do with first impressions, labels, or conclusive statements about others.

We are generous enough with ourselves to think of our identity in terms of process, not product, so why not afford the same consideration to those around us, even to strangers sitting across the room? When open-ended interactions are kept at the center of everything, social landscapes change and conversations are no longer scripted social encounters.