"My portraits reference something beyond corporeality."
Over the years people have described my work as ‘dark’ or ‘melancholic’. My own susceptibility to these darker emotions forms the nucleus of my interest in inner inquiry or inner identity. These portraits seek to look beyond ego identity. They are symbolic of an inner self, less objectively defined and less of this world. I have no interest in documenting reality. I have no interest in creating portraits of the selves people present to the world. I prefer to reference less distinguishable inner personas. Perhaps it's the self of dreaming or the self of inner stillness, the inner child or the qualities of a psychological archetype. Perhaps its the self of intuition, spirit, torment or spiritual bondage. Most of us present a version of ourselves to the world that to some degree differs from the inner private person. So the question of “who am I” is complex. The conceptual fashion portraits seek to bridge outer beauty with conceptual themes and fantasy. The nudes refer to inherent stillness and are the most honest acknowledgement of the sacredness of mind and matter as one expression in flesh. Nudes symbolise the shedding of layers of ego and sexuality.
Background: (Australia) This work is an ongoing art project I began in 2003 in South Melbourne, then Surry Hills, Katoomba and currently my studio is in Lithgow. The participants are all members of the general public. Photo shoots may be theme based, conceptual fashion, contemporary portraiture or Figurative Art (the implied nude). I combine medium format film & analogue darkroom manipulations with digital photography & Photoshop. My background in photography spans 20 years. I began as a Darkroom Technician then completed my undergraduate degree at Sydney College of the Arts. I was later employed as a portrait photographer at a commercial studio and freelanced to a number of commercial studios. I began this project out of a desire to shake off the limitations of commercial work and express more individuality, artistry and spirituality in my work.
Graeme Wienand | B.V.A. Syd. Arts | Blue Mountains, Australia | Phone: +61 468 567 754