With more than 3,100 students from over a hundred countries, nbsp;Santa Monica College in Los Angeles is one of the most multicultural schools in the world. I attended the school for three years, studying film writing and production. During this time I also worked in the programing and development department at Sony International TV. This was the first time I had lived in America for a long-term period, and the experience both increased my technical expertise as well as greatly widened my perspective on national and cultural identity.

Aside from overcoming ideas of stereotype I had previously encountered in relation to European views of America, I began to think in a more global sense. The world appeared vastly interconnected to me ;filled with people who were at the same time different but also all ultimately human. While cultural divides existed, it seemed that what was more important was the people themselves; what each individual thought and did, rather than what culture they represented.

Sprouting from these ideas, as well as a very early series I began in Paris in 2008, I produced the current version of the Multinational Identity project. While identity has been a major factor in all of my work, here I wanted specifically to consider national identity in the context of global existence.

The present collection features portraits of female students from Santa Monica College. Each portrait is divided into its own miniature series, presented as a triptych. The subjects are shot straight on, with coloured backgrounds corresponding to the national colours of each student&s Inddition, the clothing and hairstyle of every subject features a subtle inclusion of nationality;a blend of both modern and traditional design. As every subjects distinct, a profusion of colour and style is presented to the viewer.

My intention here, rather than capturing the differences, is to highlight the similarities existing between each separate identity. In this regard, the subjects are asked to partake in a similar style of position. Additionally, each is photographed chewing gum and blowing bubbles. Within the complimentary shades and tones of the photographs a common denominator is presented. This particularly speaks through the image of the gums bubble: a round, recognizable, and inclusive shape symbol for the world, if you please.

Stylistically, I composed these photographs with a fashion aesthetic in mind. Here, the viewer is invited to gaze upon the effortless and pleasing images, showing the smiling and laughing faces of the subjects, which are easy to regard. To achieve this purpose, I employed techniques I had learned while working in Paris with fashion photographers. I believe the use of these techniques and the playful moods allows the photographs and the message to reach a broader audience.

I intend to continue developing this project through expanding the inclusion of nationalities and featuring male subjects as well, thus widening the portrayal of identity.