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Self Portrait 1986

Ellen Carey is a photographer whose work is in some ways similar to Chuck Close’s style. Her camera produces images that use circles and shapes that display her portrait. She also has many self portraits, like Close, and comments ” that in exposing the physical nature of the medium itself, the resulting image becomes something altogether foreign, bearing almost no resemblance to what we traditionally consider to be a photograph.” This is also inline with the work of Close – he too wanted to expose the process in which the painting made and remove the focus from the person sitting for the portrait.

I found this youtube rendition of an interview with Chuck Close great.

The first connection to my essay and my last blog is with the video image itself, the way it is replicating his style of painting by digitalising the moving image. As Close moves in the video, the digitalised image moves, keeping pace and constantly changing. The black and white imagery is much bolder than if it had been in colour and provides much more contrast. It is amazing that by taking the focus out of the video, you lean back in your chair and listen harder to what is actually been said. I believe Close would have been pleased with this outcome, as he would liken to his initial desire to make all parts of his paintings to have the same importance – or – that no part is any more important than another.

The second connection is in the interview itself.  Close is talking about his style, and how some have credited him with predating the computer with his digitalised paintings. He doesn’t discount the thought, and he comments that some of the interest in his works may actually be related to that idea.