words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

A Family Tradition … Cousins (A Family Photo Remix)

Bringing the past into the present and going forward into the future….

Richard Malcolm and Denise

Richard is my older cousin on my mother’s side. He is sort of the “elder” of cousins along with his sister Andrea. Richard is a veterinarian and forensic scientist. He is also an adventurer and a world traveler. Here he is pictured with his ex-wife Denise a RN charge nurse and his son Malcolm a fitness guru and trainer.

In this series, I find that the challenge visually is conveying an artistic expressive nuance while maintaining a recognizable portrait of the family. Each image in the series poses the challenge to this delicate balance. Some images such as group photos, I believe lend themselves to more abstract expression. While a photograph of two or three individuals, I believe will work better if I approach it from a more portraiture sensibility.

What do you think? As I progress through the series, I would love to have your opinion on what works best.

Peace Love and Light to all the Families of the World….

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2 responses

  1. i like it…i always think group photos are a big challenge from the artistic point of view..

    March 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    • Thanks Claudia. The first in the series, a few posts back is a group piece. I tried to really give it an Afro-centric feel with bold colors and irregular forms. I probably will continue this look in other group pieces. The challenge really is in the small or individual portraiture photo.

      March 26, 2012 at 2:35 am

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