/ 2016 / Portraiture / Personality

Western Samurai

  • Prize
    Bronze in Portraiture/Personality
  • Photographer
    Denis Fraser
  • Website

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.

Awards World Photographic Awards Honourable Mention 2009
Honourable Mention Professional Portraiture PX3 2010
Finalist Photographers Forum Portraiture 2012
Honourable Mention 2012 International Photography Awards Fine Art
Bronze Medal Professional Portraiture PX3 2012
Bronze Medal Professional Portraiture PX3 2016