Eyes . 1989 . Framed Size 29 x 29 x 2
Printed on on Optica paper 300gsm bright white, matte fine art paper with a luxuriously smooth surface ideal for high resolution photographic imagery (archival & acid free)
I have no fear of scars. In fact when we got ready to do this Hugh Syme’s concept, I was looking for something that would punctuate the image beyond the obvious top layer. There are artists who do scarification the same way a tattoo artist inks, and when I looked at the model’s scars, they looked like tears to me, which said so much.
Given how jarring the image is, my main thing was to draw on a more classic bull’s eye composition style, which I’ve been told was bad, and dramatic old school hot light that is quintessential black & white photography. Something starkly glamorous for something raw and jarring.
I spent so much time in the dark room getting the tones, the contrasts and the chemistry right, just rubbing the paper with my fingers to raise the processing temperature and darkening the image in those places. Now you’d scan the raw negative onto the computer and manipulate it in the system, but it wouldn’t have the same feeling.
Giclee on Optica – A bright white, matte surface fine art paper, Optica has an extremely hard surface. It produces frighteningly crisp detail. When this works, it really works – and it’s nice to know this kind of weapon exists when you need it.