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leftovers

08/31/13 , , , , , , , , , , ,

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often times in portraits, faces are the center of attention.  this photo series however takes away that center literally and pushes your attention elsewhere.  details via nytimes:

Visiting the town of Gulu in northern Uganda, the Italian photographer Martina Bacigalupo happened upon discarded portraits with the subjects’ faces removed. They led her to the Gulu Real Art Studio, where Obal Denis sold ID photos by cutting rectangles out of larger prints. Bacigalupo gathered Denis’s scraps and interviewed his customers. Many had been affected by the war in northern Uganda, which lasted some two decades. Taken for driver’s licenses, new job and loan applications, the photos were the means for Ugandans to start new chapters in their lives. The “leftovers,” as Bacigalupo calls the images — showing at the Walther Collection Project Space in New York next month — evoke in her mind both the “agony of an entire community” and its resilience.

you can check out some of the series in the gallery below.  as you do, see if you can glean each subject’s backstory from details like clothing & body language.  also, try to imagine the face that belongs in the blank space.   for more, be on the lookout for bacigalupo’s upcoming book “gulu real art studio”.

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This is really interesting and gives new meaning to looking and really seeing. Never thought of the importance of the face in the picture from this perspective before. Good job!

Maureen

08/31/13

Really intriguing. Stretches the imagination eh

David

09/04/13

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