What is it like in someone else’s shoes? Caleb Cole’s series, “Other People’s Clothes,” brings us a step closer. This collection of non-traditional self-portraits are a product of Cole’s exploration, wondering what someone else’s life is like. Each photograph in the series is a constructed scene that begins with an outfit or piece of clothing (either bought, found, or borrowed), then a person Cole imagined to fill those clothes, and then a location is chosen. In a statement on Cole’s website he says, “they are portraits of people I have never met but with whom I feel familiar, as well as documents of the process wherein I try on the transitional moments of others’ lives in order to better understand my own.”
The book, “Other People’s Clothes” is available through Cole’s website in a limited edition of 250. As a winner of the Hearst 8×10 Photography Biennial, Cole’s images are currently on view in the atrium at the Hearst Tower through August 31st.