Beautiful photography

This is available from CB2 and I am considering buying it to hang in my library. It was photographed by Charles Shotwell, a Chicago artist with some beautiful work. He has a technique that reminds me of Anne Arden McDonald, in which he depicts the subject as an anonymous figure holding up a sign or a mirror, completely covering his/her own appearance. McDonald has a book of self portraits in which she arranges scenery and poses, with her face either out of the shot or obscured, but rarely a meaningful part of the overall composition. The obvious statement is in the person’s identity becoming associated with the sentiment of the picture, subtle but effective. I am quite fond of art that depicts human personality without showing facial expressions. Andrew Wyath’s painting Christina’s World is a classic example of this.

The title of the piece above is “Three Trees.” The third tree is behind the mirror, which is obvious somehow, although I’m not sure why. I think that’s the story of this work here- we feel instinctively that there’s something back there, and coupled with the suggestion of the title, it clearly must be another tree.



  1. Renee Said:

    I am inclined to think that the third tree is off the picture opposite the mirror only because of the indentations on the ground, similar to the ones around the primary tree. I did check into art and ghosts and I do enjoy that site, in reminds me of your own work in many ways. I ran back into the history of your blog to the first one, I believe, concerning Guiseppi and was quite amused by his “alleged” history. I don’t know if this response will show up as I don’t know what a URI is and therefore couldn’t fill that space.

    • kirinjirafa Said:

      URL= universal resource locator. It’s the address of your website if you have one. : )

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