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Narrow past, 2006

by Gary Deirmendjian

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 Finalist

This is a self-portrait. The subject is a Sydney-based artist whose work is a lived and considered response to the human condition. In particular, it concerns the individual in relation to their social context, and the tidal mechanisms that form and influence unquestioned attitudes and mass acceptance. Here, there is apparent emergence from a certain dark that faces squarely some found light. The image may serve after all as a metaphor for the subject's coming to terms with his own tininess, his own insignificance. It was captured directly using a flat bed scanner, a technique believed to be unique in its application to photographic portraiture. The image remains true to the one captured; the qualities of observed distortion, blur and embracing darkness are characteristic of this technique.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

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