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What Is It About Portraits?

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What Is It About Portraits?

David Anthony Geary

I make a lot of portraits in the grand scheme of all of the work I create. So what is it really that pulls me to them? That's something I have been asked countless times. Whether they are candid, posed, caught off guard, or selfies, there's something special about portraits that always brings me joy. 

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There is an endless beauty to the ways a face can express. Since I have been in Miami i have been capturing portraits of all of the awesome and willing people I meet here. As a part of my practice I am creating a documentary library of my world through these portraits. There is an immedite intimacy that a portrait creates. That intimacy is a driving force for me. After the initial experience and capture of the image I spend tons of time looking and then choosing which ones will become Paintings or drawings. Which will remain as photographs or wich may spark something entirely new. 

 Sometimes I choose and sometimes I'm making portraits when I'm not even trying to.

Sometimes I choose and sometimes I'm making portraits when I'm not even trying to.

The conversations and connections are often what moves me to choose a subject. When I decide to work in color, that too is often influenced by our interaction. It's like a never-ending fountain of ideas that continues to feed itself. Come have a drink with me!

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