THE TOWNSPEOPLE. THE FRAME AND BEYOND.
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THE TOWNSPEOPLE. THE FRAME AND BEYOND.
Once again the belief is confirmed that the most important part of the body,
with which we identify ourselves, is the face.
The following sketch is a component of the PhD discourse on aspects of the identity of the portrayed. The purpose of the implementation of the photographic series called "The Townspeople" is to answer the question as to whether a portrait may be of other than individual quality and where the intimate character has its limits. Throughout the whole set the author introduces typical for her work attitude to the relationship between the portrayed and the environment. Throughout the whole set the author introduces typical for her work attitude to the relationship between the portrayed and the environment. Although the face seems to be the main theme here, the perception of the costume seems to come to the fore. The portrayed are dressed in original single collections of young Polish designers Malgorzata Wasik, Lidia Sajdak, Natalia Jezierska and Pawel Pyzik. The clothes they are wearing not only refer the viewer to modern times, but also they go beyond. The intention of the author was to presuppose that the audience would be able to analyse and identify with that gear. Photography in general is used to represent a human being and the mission of a photographic portrait is to illustrate the portrayed as much as possible embodying their likeness. In a situation when the face becomes blurred by distorting the features, an attempt to penetrate the facade of the represented person is discarded. By the fact of veiling the faces of all of the portrayed Townspeople, one can get the impression that what they look at are mere puppets derived from a common place, yet on whom there was inflicted a semantic death. Among others, the above observations made during multiple photo sessions and reflections arising from them led me to undertake research on the broad sense of identity in the art of photography.