Through their career as an artist and the medium of photography, Jacob aims to represent the ideas of presentation in a variety of ways. With the dreams people have in how they wish to see themselves through the recreation of fictional characters and the ways that one’s belongings can define them are their two main focuses in capturing people’s presentation of themselves.
Cosplay is a form of craft where one chooses to don an outfit that a favorite fictional character would wear and the wearer presents themselves as that character. Jacob captures these moments of play and aims to create a scene through his photographs. Their photos allow viewers to see the kinds of people the subjects wish they could be through the outfits they wear and the scenes Jacob creates.
“On Your Person” Is Jacob’s most recent and currently ongoing project that centers on the idea that a person’s belongings and a small bit of general information is enough to provide a stranger a good idea of who this person is. The subjects being photographed are given a small prompt of the project and are given the freedom to present their belongings as they please. This allows the subjects to express themselves as they please and have very little signs of manipulation by Jacob in the photographs. While allowing their audience to generate an understanding of this person within their own interpretations, this project also aims to examine the similarities and differences between people and what they carry on their person.