Kelli Connell is a contemporary photographer who is known for creating portraits that look like self-portraits. In her work, she explores how photography can raise questions. Connell’s work has appeared in galleries across the country like the Columbus Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and much more. She also teaches at Columbia College Chicago.
In Connell’s early years as a photographer, artist Francesca Woodman influenced her work in, and throughout college. However, for Connell’s series, Double Life, she was influenced by artist Larry Sultan. In Connell’s work, the models display intimacy and typical relationship struggles. Since 2002, Connell has used the same model for her work until her latest collection in 2015.
I really like this picture because it’s a little lighter than some of Connell’s other pieces. It reminds me of a relaxing and playful Saturday morning where I just want to stay in bed and watch cartoons with my best friend.
This picture showed me the non-glamorous life of being in a relationship. Not everything is full of dinner dates and couple photo shoots, but can be as simple as folding laundry.