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Monday, February 13, 2006


Notes on Portraiture

Portraiture is an old tradition, yet the interest in it never fades.
Yet it is still challenging to create a likeness, bring forth a personality and create an original style with good composition.
Each face has been presented like a mask the expressiveness of the head is not just the shape of the features but its total gesture.
Even though portraiture as a whole is rivaled and perhaps beaten by the many advantages of photography, I have tried to work with modern social and technological concepts and sensibilities to go beyond visual documentation and sameness of features.
These portraits are documentary and yet so much more.
These people all have at least one thing in common and they were together in a community of sorts for a short period of time. A community and friendship I am/ was part of. This social circle presented these faces these masks for each other. And then they were chosen, selected and drawn because of what I saw in them. A moment that went unnoticed to the rest of the world held on to in color and line. Each a living statement not to you the audience but to the other members of the circle. So each has its own personality delicacy of feeling and psychological projection.

poem by gemma allan
all rights reserved suckers:

If I was a picture hanging on your wall
Would you hang me up in your bedroom, living room or hall
If I was a picture
Would you sit and hold me tight
Would you lay me under you pillow
As you slept dreaming of me at night
If I was a picture
Would you carry me each day
Would you put me in your pocket
Would you take me out when you felt your heart stray
If I was a picture
That one day came real
Where would you place me
How would you feel
If I was a picture
Where would I be
Everywhere you like to look
Your eyes fixed on me
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