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1W7 What is a portrait?

Posted in Nalm Notes on October 24, 2007 by nalm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Almost 3 weeks ago i questioned some of friends:
WHAT IS A PORTRAIT FOR YOU ? IF YOU HAD TO REDEFINE IT WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ABOUT IT?This is what i got so far…

Clara wrote:

capturing an energy
it can’t be only about realism of the lineaments
it can’t only be about capturing the real, hidden self of the model because that real, hidden self has already gone through at least two prisms – the model and the painter/photographer
it can’t only be about sensing a moment of abandonment
doesn’t matter if it is posed, stolen, organised in a specific direction. be it an official painting, paparazzo style pictures, or a fashion photo shoot, it has to convey a navigating blood underneath.

Moshe wrote:

a portrait always involves two sets of eyes.a portrait is an invention.a portrait is a lie that is so infused with energy that it becomes its own snake.a portrait is a difficult truth.a portrait is a mirror that is bent, broken, shattered, and gathered again.a portrait can be a dead fact or a moving fiction.

Cat Eva wrote:

A picture.An indepth study of the visual image of a human.Capturing an expression, it can be an insight into an unknown soul.The human desire to understand and interpret their physical world.A moment in someones life.

George wrote:

Portrait is the mirror of our soul…Is an image that shows and gives information for us,that they all are based in a mystery. At this point we have a contradiction. What we see is real or realistic?We see everything or we don’t see nothing at all?Everything is presented on the photographed face.The only thing you need to do is to enter, watch and read with a strange way that every human face is a map. Which gives us important information about our experiences and our personality.

Dan wrote:

A representation of someone, typically (only?) in 2 dimensions.
A “bust” is a portrait in 3-D. I don’t know what a sound portrait is called.
I’d also say that traditionally a portrait is something “sat” for – where the subject poses, or otherwise sits, before the artist. Meaning that a portrait at least attempts to capture and represent the subject at a particular moment in time (as opposed to a work from memory). So I guess there’s a time element inherent in portraits as well.
Video portraits, like sound portraits….. I don’t know what they’re called, but to make terminology and semantics a non-issue, i’d probably work off the definition of a portrait as a 2-D work that represents a person (or animal, I guess) over the course of a sitting (with a sitting being the time the subject sits before the artist).

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