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Pandemic Shadow Photos in Shape – Barcelona

Laurie says:

I’m delighted that in October and November I’ll have photos on exhibit in 3 cities in Europe. I’ve posted already about Portraits Without Faces in Budapest (October 20 – November 12, 2022); then Shape @ Barcelona (November 3–13, 2022); and finally Motion @ Rome (November 11–22, 2022). The Shape exhibition will be presented in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, in collaboration with Valid World Hall Gallery, a renowned center for the visual arts, and the Ph21 Gallery.

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Shapes are one of the most important aspects of creative photographic compositions. Living beings and inanimate objects, including the built environment come in many forms, and photographers often rely on the creative possibilities offered by their shape. While in some cases the images of things only have a depictive function, at the other end of the spectrum abstract photography concentrates on shapes and forms for their own sake up to a point when we can no longer recognise the depicted objects themselves. Between being either insignificant or the only significant element, the shape of recognisable forms may also be the driving compositional component of an image. That is, the shape of living beings and objects may be of central importance to the composition of photographs not only in abstract photography but also in virtually all other photographic genres. These images capture our attention and stand out for their creative compositional form.
– Exhibition Text

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My Pandemic Shadow photos seemed to me to be particularly suited to Shapes, because they are fundamentally about shapes and shadings with occasional (and only occasional) touches of color. Mostly the color is important by its absence.

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Portraits Without Faces – Exhibition Budapest

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Laurie says:

The exhibition is at the Ph21 Gallery, and is part of the official program of the Hungarian Month of Photography. Portraits Without Faces is a curated international photography exhibition that runs from October 20 – November 12, 2022.

My photograph in the exhibit is Bubu’s shoes from my Women of Japan project. It’s an extract from the full portrait. (The full portrait is in the gallery that the link leads to.)

I’ve used the “Extracts” both in my book Familiar Men: A Book of Male Nudes and on my website, but this is the first one I’ve submitted to an exhibition.

The opening (zoom and live) was on the 22nd. Zsolt Bátori, the director of the gallery, commented that the thing that particularly interested him about the photograph were the complex shadows. Obviously my obsession with shadows isn’t new, but since I compose mostly in the camera and fairly intuitively, I hadn’t really noticed it consciously.

Portraiture emerged as one of the most prominent genres of depictive media early in the history of the visual arts; tacit or explicit rules, conventions and cultural expectations have always influenced the ways in which artists approached the genre. Photography is no exception. Numerous different and characteristic styles of portraiture emerged throughout the history of the medium. We usually assume that faces are necessary components of portraiture; we may, however, learn just as much about the character, the personality of a person by looking at images that depict other parts of their bodies, show us the objects or places associated with them. Not focusing on the face may open up a new dimension of interpretation. Our Portraits Without Faces exhibition is dedicated to this challenging divergence from the more conventional approaches to the genre. – PH21

Since most of my portraits included the body (many of them are nudes), this is familiar territory for me and I was delighted to have the opportunity to submit an “Extract” and to have it in the exhibition.

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