Leonard Nimoy Photo Essay Features Ira Yellen

Posted on 13. Jul, 2010 by in Blog



Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy © Seth Kaye 2008

Do you have a Secret Self?

According to Greek mythology, humans were once four legged and four armed. When they became too arrogant and powerful, Zeus split them in two. Since then we have been searching constantly for our other half in order to feel complete. Do you have another half? Do you have a self never revealed? Who do you think you are?

In November 2008, Leonard Nimoy was at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts, to begin his latest photographic journey: Secret Selves. He gathered over one hundred subjects from all walks of life and asked them the question, “Who do you think you are?”

Each subject was recorded as Mr. Nimoy interviewed them and created a photographic portrait of their “alternate identity”. As Mr. Nimoy wrote: “I am hoping to be surprised and delighted by what shows up in front of me. Anything from full costume to nudity–I would encourage all of it.” From the popular rock star and superman to the more unexpected dog lover and Pan, these secret identities offer an intimate, sometimes humorous, and often profound new look at the inner yearnings and fantasies that we all share. Ira Yellen is one of the featured subjects. To learn more about this project and the go to Leonard Nimoy and see if you can find the photograph he took of me.

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