Faces; an exploration of portraiture, through the use of face as surface. My intention was to light and compose the images in a way that would show minute details of my sitter’s faces; micro expressions, skin texture, freckles, wrinkles, and so on. It began with a caricaturial self-portrait, made with a tight crop and relatively flat lighting, that exemplified the
imperfections of my skin. This tight crop, coupled with the large format of the final print (30”x40”) made for an
imposing, serenely-tense image that allowed for the viewer to study the surface and form of my face with scrutiny.
In continuing this body of work, I chose to maintain the lighting, crop and size of the images, and to allow each sitter to see the images made previously to their sitting. Allowing for them to have a greater sense of context and my
expectations. I found this gave them the power to put forward their own interpretation and removed the need for much
micro-direction on my part.
This sort of play creates a truly vulnerable moment during the sitting, where all minor variations of expression are put to the highest scrutiny and recorded, which gives way to a
certain amount of reveal. How should one respond to such a high level of inspection? Perhaps in answering this question something within the individual might show through. How would you like to be perceived? The sitter’s insecurities, pride or hesitance may become apparent through the decision of how they might use the surface of their skin as a mask. How willing would you be to lay bare the surface of your face for
scrutiny? How might you meet the gaze of this camera?