To Make a Portrait is Not a Frivolous Endeavor. An artist’s goal when making a portrait is fundamentally to tell a story. Often, a photographer seeks to reveal some objective truth of the person that stands before the camera. Just as often (and sometimes simultaneously) emotions enter the equation and a fiction is created. As a photographer and subject hover between objectivity and subjectivity, a collaboration is formed. In the resulting portrait, can we recognize how much of the image is the person who is photographed and how much of it is the photographer? Is it truth or fiction? In the end, it left to the viewer to interpret and resolve the question.
A Self-Portrait is Separate and Distinct. This is a supremely personal action between between cold, unaware device and flesh and heart. The artist’s decision in a self portrait is whether or not to reveal their own truth and how to accomplish this. The process is not an easy one and begets emotions that are often difficult to manage. It can be an unsteady adventure of discovery. It can be sheer terror. The resulting persona that the viewer experiences is completely and wholly the photographer’s choice.
As you look at the photographs in this exhibition of Portraits and Self-Portraits, consider what the artist is saying with their images. Are they speaking truth or creating fiction? And what is your reaction?
OUR COLLECTIVE IS: TERRY SCOTT ALLEN ï ROBERT BARRY ï BARBARA BECK ï GRANT BRITTAIN ï DONNA COSENTINO ï STEPHEN DAVIS ï CARLA De DOMINICISï DEB HELLMAN ï BOB AND SUSAN HILL ï EMILY KIM ï ANDREA MATTHIES ï BRANDY SEBASTIAN ï TOM VANCISIN ï KEIKO YAMASAKI ï BOB YOUNGER