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We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible.

There’s something provocative about being invisible. Acting unseen can release us from the insecurities and social restraints that encourage us to live life tamely. Whether in role-play, quiet observation or imagining the world through someone else’s lens, the power of disguise can give us a heart-pounding rush.

What we really hope to gain from this secrecy is freedom. No wonder superheroes wear masks and teen flicks feature so many masquerade proms: Disguises put a space between our person and our persona. (This might also explain the wild abandon we feel at Halloween parties.)

  • Words:
    Margaret Everton
  • Photography:
    James Chororos

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  • Words:
    Margaret Everton
  • Photography:
    James Chororos
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