I’m excited about the changes in my vision that create these new photos.
When we made Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes, the book included small images that were created from the larger photos. They were complete compositions in themselves as art. Since Familiar Men was about masculinity, they were also part of its complex commentary.
Recently I decided to create photos (“framings”) that were composed from within the portraits and were not about the conceptual aspects of my work, but simply existed as fine art compositions.
This work is much more abstract than previously, and closer to my artistic origins. I was raised in museums in New York at a time when abstract expressionism was considered the pinnacle of art. It was the first art I was exposed to. There is a level of abstract composition that overlays everything I do.
You’ll see “framing” images below and a link to the original portrait they came from.