These images represent the second iteration of portrait. My goal with the series has always been to show personality without the traditional markers of facial expression or body language. With those gone, there remains an even greater requirement to show some kind of “gesture” to convey personality and an accounting of the life this person has led.

My first iteration of portrait in 2008 consisted of a series of gridded mosaics, each comprised of dozens of skin close-ups to represent one person’s story. Repetition was a key element in that first iteration and while visually striking, I felt that most failed to convey much personality. These new images are version 2.0 of the concept. I feel that these more successfully convey strength, vulnerability, suffering, wisdom, mystery, fear, joy, desire, compassion, sensuality and sexuality. In that sense they are as much a window into the sitter as any conventional portrait.