Detouched

I Re-touch Myself BB Head Shot # 2 Sockol’s Quantum Nebulous Drawing Portrait (composite) Official Portraits
(Last Four Presidents)
The Three Producers
Single Portraits
This series bases each work on a single portrait, in these works all the marks are still in their original location in regards to the original portrait. The pieces in this series also retain subtle references to a face.
Composites
This series consists of multiple related portraits composited into one image. The markings remain in proportion to the original photograph but each portrait is placed in relation to the one another such as location of the eyes.
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Detouched is a collection of abstract portraits. My professional work as a digital photo-retoucher, which involves eliminating imperfections such as blemishes, shadows, dust, and other “unsavory” elements in photographic portraits, influenced this series. The final works are created from the physical “flaws” that one uses to define oneself—wrinkles, moles, blemishes, and stray hairs—which are often removed from commercial portraits. Each face is digitally erased except for these imperfections, which now seem to float in a white void. This new configuration no longer bears any facial resemblance. Instead it suggests a nebula or celestial body, revealing connections between one’s own physical markings and those of the cosmos.

Detouched is divided into three series—Single Portraits, Composites, and Studies for an Aggregate.

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Study for an Aggregate # 3 Study for an Aggregate # 4 Study for an Aggregate # 6
Studies for an Aggregate
Each piece in this series is a further abstracted portrait of imperfections. The markings are pulled closer to the middle, creating a new center of gravity. In this way these aggregates become more like drawings.