Keyword: physiognomy

John Merrill

Portrait as Landscape: Rendering Topography of Face and Body

“Stop asking us for the inner being, essence, soul…,” Richard Avedon pleaded: “the surface is all you’ve got. “My research addresses questions of why when looking at portraits we instinctively make judgements about the subject’s character and personality and why such assumptions are wrong. Using a knowledge of the science of visual perception I will attempt to produce photographic portraits that reveal unexplored surface terrain unhindered by erroneous opinions.