Gorgeous Woven Portraits By David Samuel Stern
While completing a residency in Vermont in 2011, photographer David Samuel Stern began experimenting with literally weaving two different photographs of the same location taken at different times of day into one analog composite. Unhappy with the results using landscapes, Stern moved on to using portraits. In an interview with Fast Co., Stern explains “with the human face, there’s a preconceived arrangement, a prototype in our brains that tells us what a face should look like.” The results are incredibly compelling – the sense of pixelation reminds me of the large scale portraits by Chuck Close. Printed on vellum, the translucence gives them almost an ethereal quality as the layers play off of each other – as if we are glimpsing the subjects between moments.
All images © David Samuel Stern