Unseen, Unpublished Portraits
“A true portrait should today and a hundred years from today, be the testimony of how this person
looked and what kind of human being he or she was.”
– Philippe Halsman
As human beings we are fascinated with each other and how we look. Diane Arbus talked about the gap between intention and effect as revealed in portraiture. People put on make-up and adorn themselves because they want to create an effect and give a certain impression, but often other people look at them and say it’s tragic or comical or curious or funny or odd. Portraiture can be that kind of sharp critique.
Most of my portraits are not formal situations; they are found situations.
We go to another culture to observe how other people live. Sometimes you look at somebody and they have a strong presence, a look, a certain kind of attribute that comes out in the face.
A good portrait is one that says something about the person. We usually see parts of ourselves in others, so the good portrait should also say something about the human condition.