Self-Portrait Close-Up

(Print). There’s something very powerful about a face blown up very large, very close up on a film screen. The scale and the closeness makes it extremely intimate. In life we don’t really see anyone that close except for lovers, or our children when they are infants.

I was messing around with old photographs again, trying to see the different effect if I zoomed in like a close-up shot using one portion of eyes and lips.

Then I fractured it, and that expresses my feeling at the time when this photograph was taken, long ago.

Self-Portrait Closeup

Self Portrait May II

I found an old transparency, a photograph taken on a shoot in Paris a long time ago. It is one of a series but is a reject that had never been made into a print. Sometimes old photographs throw up strange emotions. My memory of this day is strange, not really very pleasant.

So I scanned it and altered it, adding digital paint and plenty of leaves to the hair. It did the trick. Now I’m really delighted when I look at it. Paint can change the past.
(Print, either on paper or Lightbox. Limited edition of 10)

Self Portrait II May 2010 Jenny Caron Hall