There is something unique about paired images– such as mugshots, or before/ after type of shots- that has always sparked my imagination. It’s a bit more mental gymnastics to view multiple images and get a larger picture. It may have to do with my love of sequential art in comic form, or having an established film/ darkroom background where contact sheets tell stories of the shoot and the events taking place before the camera.
The gist of this project, still in its infancy, is 4×5 diptych portraits, with the final prints as alternative process prints. I made overtures at printing these as van dyke brown prints, but it was easier to work with cyanotype and convert them to a more van dyke-looking style in the computer. There is some irony that I still rely on the computer to get the final look of these alternative process images, but seeing how they are far more likely to be viewed via electronic means, I don’t care too much.
As for the “who” and the “why,” well, I’m starting this with the models I encounter, hoping to branch out into a wider variety of people I meet either in travel or close family members or whoever. The attempt will be to include this and a polaroid of each shoot I do, and see where the collection takes me. Although I started this before I saw these images, I found these Australian criminals truly inspiring and love the collection they have made from photos not neccessarily intended as art.