Once a year around this time I, along with a little art group, come together to do a community art project. My contribution is producing instant portraits done using flash with wireless transmissions from the camera to a computer, and after processing the image I print a high- quality, postcard-size thermal print, which is given to the customer for the nominal sum of €2. It’s more a piece of performance art than anything else. The concept behind the idea is that in the digital wireless world we can imagine something and then after a process where no physical thing of the final product is engaged with , we can produce an object from electrical impulses(the print), which in this case has the potential the last 60 to 100 years, meaning that in many cases these pictures will outlast the sitters.
In one of these portraits (the one shown) a quiet, conservative appearing man closed his eyes deliberately and then chose this picture as the one which he wanted printed (I took three shots). At first I was a little confused, but then, looking at the final result, I could see that this was the best picture I had made of him.
When I think about this man’s choice it becomes clear that no matter how “normal” a person may seem there is more often than not a radical lurking close to the surface.
It may seem a trivial thing to pick a portrait of yourself with your eyes closed, but ask yourself, would you do it?
50mm, f5.6, 1/125sec, ISO100, lighting by a speedlight with white umbrella.