Cambridge School of Art

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Wil Symons
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Winner of the Tempest Photography Prize, 2013.

A portrait is not real; it is an illusion. A portrait can never be a true representation of a persona. These photographs are a comment on portraiture and its history. Where there is no eye contact, I hope the photographs begin to become not only a portrait of the sitter, but of me and of you. Neither you, nor the sitter, has somewhere to focus their gaze; the broken eye contact of this gaze creates collaboration. Eye contact offers closure, however powerful, the desire is lost.

With regard to the anonymous portrait, we are the voyeurs, but when eye contact is made, do we t hen become the watched? Who is looking at who?



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