Johnnie Yu

The Space Between

The Space Between is the first iteration of my portraiture process, which is always a work-in-progress. It challenges personal boundaries to create more intimate portraits. Subjects embark on a guided portrait shoot and card game experience (featuring deeply personal questions) designed for young creatives, documenting the journey of opening up to a stranger.

(New York, 2022)

The theory is, performing artists and other public figures eventually develop a “personal brand” or “marketing identity.” There’s a manicured and workshopped self-introduction, life story, creative process, etc. which is shared with the rest of the world through interviews. The card game is designed to wear down defensive tendencies to get to know who they really are. Not who they want to be. Not how they wish to be seen.

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