photography, Rollins College

Tracy Murray

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Tracy Murray
ART 300 Photography II
Digital Prints; Size: 8″ x 10″
7 images in the series

The project I am working on consists of images of a family member that is in the late stages of dementia. My hope is to communicate through the images what the subject is unable to say. Looking intimately into the face and eyes of the subject expresses a lifetime of adventure.

9 thoughts on “Tracy Murray”

  1. I’m a big fan of this series, and can relate to your message because of my own grandma experiencing dementia. While I love the expression you captured on his face, I do wish there was a bit more contrast between the two images because at first glance they look like they are almost exactly the same. Maybe capturing a second expression or angle would add interest? Also, you could take these even a step further by transforming them into black and white which could create a sense of nostalgia and could heighten your theme. Also, because color photography emerged later in his life, it could be a nice way to emphasize the timelessness and confusion of his own memories. Great work!

  2. I enjoy this concept tremendously. While I know what I am supposed to receive from looking at these images, I feel there is still a slight disconnect from your intentions. I think if you were to take closer cropped photos to focus more on his facial expressions or zoom out more to focus on his physical expressions would be a little more helpful because the images do look slightly similar as they are now. Very intriguing concept though, and the expressions on his face are inspiring!

  3. Great idea for a inspiring piece! There is a nice consistency of blue throughout the work that brings a nice flow to it. What would happen if you cut out the person sitting in the chair? Would this straighten the focus point of the man? I believe a picture could be worth a thousand words. Years worn on a person is a strong statement. Perhaps if continuing this series the lighting could play more of a dramatic effect on the piece.

  4. I don’t see a man in the late stages of dementia. I see an old man looking at a camera while his picture is taken. Maybe if you focus more on the eyes and made them a focally point in expressing what he cannot say with words the idea could be communicated better. I do enjoy the idea of helping someone to express themselves through an image if they can’t express themselves with words.

  5. Before reading your description I saw a man of age seeming tired starring blankly. I noticed his bright blue eyes and his blue attire. I love the way you chose to crop so closely to his face. After reading your description I became confused. Your hope is to communicate what the subject is unable to say. I don’t gather this from the imagery. This image for me is more passionate and appreciative of this man rather than understanding what he is unable to say.

  6. These images are really interesting to me. At first glance, I didn’t realize that they were actually two separate images. The differences are so subtle. I wonder if this persons expression doesn’t vary much or if you were drawn to a similar expression for some personal reason. I would suggest cropping out or removing the person/chair on the right hand side though. It doesn’t really add anything to the photo and I think your images would be stronger without it. Overall, I love your concept though!

  7. I really love what you have captured in this photo. It is both sad and endearing. I think that the subject is really heartfelt and the photos are beautiful! I would agree with Lauren that it may be beneficial to crop out the background chair to make the photo entirely his face. Either way- beautiful work.

  8. I really think you did a good job capturing the intent in your artist statement. I think the first portrait in particular is the most successful– the man’s brow lines really suggest the intimacy you were looking for. The first one seems to suggest a sort of suffering that is evident because of your artist statement, but I wish the second captured that same emotion, as well. I think a bit more contrast would have made the print more successful as well– it seems a bit flat. Overall though, really great job with these portraits.

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