These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell

“These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell” is a series of photographs fueled by a preoccupation and desire to record and understand feelings of emotional dislocation. Hands reach toward each other but never touch.

© Paolo Morales, from the series "These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell"

© Paolo Morales, from the series “These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell”

© Paolo Morales, from the series "These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell"

© Paolo Morales, from the series “These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell”

A man ages and has assistance but does not receive or return emotion. Physical touch is both pragmatic and a manifestation of intimacy. Tenable yet fragmentary visual narratives all point to a dislocated world inhabited by an unrevealed photographer-as-character moving through experiences without a shell while remaining in search of one.

© Paolo Morales, from the series "These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell"

© Paolo Morales, from the series “These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell”

© Paolo Morales, from the series "These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell"

© Paolo Morales, from the series “These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell”

© Paolo Morales, from the series "These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell"

© Paolo Morales, from the series “These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell”

© Paolo Morales, from the series "These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell"

© Paolo Morales, from the series “These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell”

© Paolo Morales, from the series "These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell"

© Paolo Morales, from the series “These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell”

© Paolo Morales, from the series "These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell"

© Paolo Morales, from the series “These Days I Feel Like a Snail Without a Shell”

“My documentary-style practice investigates the photographic virtues of observation and participation. I aim to make pictures that add up to a world populated by isolated people who inexplicably still try and reach out and connect to others. I point to this tension in pictures through segregating and organizing subjects within a photographic frame. I am in pursuit of pictures that suggest fragmentation and isolation despite physical proximity.”

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