Daylight is a series of portraits created by photographing individuals in a setting where their true selves can be shown. Portraiture is a genre where images need to transcend the representation of a person’s likeness to reveal something honest and unpictured about that person. This is difficult in a visually-based medium such as photography, but the fact that photography’s form is fundamentally based on light from the real world offers an opportunity to refine how it can be used to more accurately represent reality.
I believe that it’s impossible to create an honest representation of someone without knowing them, so this series includes only people I know and interact with on more than just a superficial level. The personal connections I have with all of the depicted individuals are what have been the primary factors in determining who’s depicted, the composition, and overall aesthetic of the photographs comprising the series. The combination of the creative format, namely white walls and daylight, along with a compositional standardization of either a headshot or profile, brings out the similarities between the depicted individuals in this series. A universal sense of equality emerges when these images are compiled, and, ideally, superficial identifiers like race and gender become subordinate to each individual’s inner uniqueness.
There have been characteristics of this series that have developed over the course of the two years I’ve been working on it that weren’t included in its initial conceptualization. One example is how different times of the day create specific moods in the images, and affect each’s representation of the depicted individuals. Another is the variety of textures and locations of white walls, which range from smoothly painted interiors to jagged bricks and wooden exteriors. Yet, possibly the most surprising unforeseen aspect of this series is how it’s fostered new friendships.
Ringling College Continuing Studies Faculty Exhibition, Sarasota, FL, September 2019
Imprints, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL, July – August 2019
Ringling Underground, Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL, April 2019
Instructor’s Show, Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL December 2017
Florida’s Own, Oddity Tattoo and Gallery, Sarasota, FL, December 2017
Ringling Underground, Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL, October 2017
All images © Tom Winchester