MANY FACES

Artist Statement:

These portraits seek to look beyond ego identity. They are symbolic of inner selves or the less distinguishable personas we all harbour within. Perhaps it's the self of dreaming, the inner child or the qualities of a psychological archetype. Most of us present a version of ourselves to the world that to some degree differs from the inner 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 symbolise the shedding of layers of ego and sexuality.

The Participants

The people I’ve photographed over the years have been a variety of friends, total strangers and individuals I approached with a modelling request. I choose participants on a visual basis but I also make an assessment of their enthusiasm and open mindedness before agreeing to work with them. Although I’m selective I’m not always seeking stereotypical good looks. Anyone regardless of gender or body shape can and has been photographed by me. In all cases I'm seeking inclusion and diversity of appearance, gender, culture and sexuality. I seek out people who are open minded and can appreciate this body of work as a figurative art project and have an interest in being photographed. The focus of this project is literally art for art sake. The participants are always individual. It’s an enjoyable interaction where we can get creative for either an intended visualised outcome or more often than not, an intuitive play with materials and creativity and a “see what we can create” attitude.

 

Participation Information

Financial Requirements: As with any artist I need to sell my work. However my images are never sold to any third party. In my case it’s you the participant who is also the buyer of the images. The pricing is considerate of the fact that you have collaborated in the creative process. For that reason I’ve made the entry point as affordable as possible so money is no barrier. All participants must make a minimum contribution (participation fee) of $60 and will receive 4 digital images in return for your contribution to my project. Either I will select your 4 digital images or you may return to the studio to choose them yourself.

You may leave it at that or if you wish you may also make a purchase of additional prints or digital files. Any purchase is treated separately and is usually done after the day of the photo shoot. It’s also totally optional. As a guide images range from $20 each for screen resolution digital image files to $150 each for archival A3 art prints.

The shoot and how to participate: The photo shoots are done in my studio in Lithgow NSW between Mondays and Fridays. If we’re feeling extra creative the photo shoot can also be conducted in the woodlands around the Blue Mountains / Central West region. Location shoots can be quite a production. You’ll be asked to bring some items along and any ideas. I will have prepared the props and sets needed for the shoot. Girls should be advised that art modelling is different from commercial modelling in that hair & makeup aren’t included unless the theme requires it. The style of the images on this website indicate the ‘look’ I’m usually aiming for. It’s usually earthy themes with deep tonal images and often body coverings are partial i.e., there is an element of sensuality and a painterly quality. There is a makeup desk & mirror for your use in the studio. A typical shoot takes 3 to 4 hours.
I’d love to hear from you! Send me a message. You may request a detailed price list too if you wish.

What are you waiting for? LETS DO THIS! :)

Graeme Wienand

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