Bronze / 2016 / Portraiture / Personality

Western Samurai

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Personality
  • Photographer
    Denis Fraser

This image forms a collection of large format images of how we present ourselves to the outside world our "projected persona". Facial tattooing is the most permanent and extreme portrayal of personal identity.

I take pleasure in using various mediums for the expression of each image. I regard them as invaluable tools to explore the fringes of society, often hidden from gaze. I am intrigued that no two people will see the same detail or reach an understanding of the Artists intent. I am exploring the implications in that statement. The interpretation of the each image is highly subjective and provides a bridge between the artist�s intention and the viewer�s perception. That aspect of image creation fascinates me. I like to search with the lens to uncover the hidden world manifest before us; often lost in plain view. I prefer to use film with a variety of tools, large and medium format, pinhole and occasionally 35mm cameras. I use both colour and black and white. I formulate my own print and negative developers and currently use a an old (c1880)modified Pyro formula to achieve finer control over the printing process. I prefer to maintain an intimate connection during each stage of the image making process, so I hand develop and print my work.