Sunday, 22 February 2009

When images are painful - 2

Over 25 years...

It was more than 25 years after I took these images that I printed any of them. Yes I had contact sheets and knew the images were good, but they were painful because the people in them had been discarded.

They were the unwanted.

I still find it hard to go through them without emotion.

I prepared a portfolio of the images for an interview for my MA a few years ago and this image made my interviewers stop for some time before saying that it was a great portrait. When on the course I showed a colour version the same thing happened. Why him? There were more gut-wrenching pictures, more emotive ones: this was just a portrait of someone sitting outside the home on a spring day.

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