I have always wanted to go back to the portrait series I did many years ago at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. I finally had the chance this past Friday, and took a trip to the Natural History Museum here in New York City. In comparing the two sets of photos, this new compilation has a more abstract look and the emphasis is on line, shape, and contrast as opposed to the actual skeletons themselves. I paid special attention to reflections in the windows and how they created new forms. What started out as an actual portrait series — a portrait of skeletons, that is — has morphed into a very different take on my experience of going to a museum. These are not your usual tourist snapshots. The plan is to take this series and perhaps merge it somehow with my ‘Watching/Watched’ series into a larger study on museums, exhibits, and who is watching who. Stay tuned, and enjoy the pics.
If you would like to see the earlier version of this fine art portrait series on bones by Kelly Williams, please visit my website.