Hereinbefore 2012 These self-portraits address the theme of identity, both of self and society. School photos are a cultural symbol, a rite of passage and a document of our growth and journey into adulthood. Appropriating the style of the familiar school photo, this work subverts the ordinary to present an alternative truth. As an autobiographical work, it is my reflection on the child I was and tells of the compassion I feel for the journey she will take. In a broader context this work acknowledges the difficulties of traveling from the innocence of childhood to the realities of adulthood. Our school years can be amazing years of self-discovery but are also loaded with pressures and challenges.