Soul Prisoners

The portraits called out to me one day. I knew that there were mugshots on the net and I knew a composite approach would have to have interesting results.
As usual I automated the whole project so I never saw the original seed images.
As usual, I made huge amounts of them and edited them down.
It was only then - in the highly abstracted state that you see here - that I began to deal with the fictional composite human beings in my images.
I began thinking that the abstractions were a glimpsed image of the Prisoners Souls just as the old superstition runs. This notion drew me even closer to the subject.
I began to think about who was behind the camera, and if they knew they were stealing pieces of the Prisoners souls. You can read my imaginary interview with the police photographer online.

Tucker Stilley
February 2014

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