Photos of the Day: In Search of Our Fantastic Secret Selves
Photography by: Leonard Nimoy
Do you have a Secret Self? According to Greek mythology, humans were once four legged and four armed. When they became too arrogant and powerful, Zeus split them in two. Since then, mankind has been in constant search for our other half in order to feel complete. Do you have another half? Do you have a self never revealed? Who do you think you are?
In November 2008, Leonard Nimoy gathered 100 subjects from all walks of life: artists, clergy, politicians, business owners, and asked them the question, “Who do you think you are?” Each subject was recorded as Mr. Nimoy interviewed them and created a portrait of their “alternate identity.” What began as a lark for many, turned into a truly revealing and emotional experience. And at just the moment they were most themselves, and often off-guard, the shutter snapped. And snapped again. Why were so many willing to take time out of their busy schedules to take part in this project? The answer almost always had to do with their appreciation of Mr. Nimoy’s artistic career. But the conversation on the way out was much different. If they had come to meet the personality, they left transformed, discussing the art and the artist; the man who had brought out their secret selves, and with his craft and vision, captured it at a moment in time.
Leonard Nimoy has directed several films, including two of the Star Trek movies as well as the blockbuster hit, Three Men and a Baby. He has acted and produced for film, Broadway, and television. In 1973 he had his first photographic showing at a gallery. In September 2000 he was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Antioch University for his work in Holocaust remembrance, the arts and the environment. Since 2003, Mr. Nimoy has been focusing primarily on his photography career.
Leonard Nimoy Interviewed by William Shatner: The Secret Selves Project
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