4.11.2010

ALINE SMITHSON: Photographing Family

Copyright (c) Aline Smithson /All Rights Reserved

Copyright (c) Aline Smithson /All Rights Reserved

Copyright (c) Aline Smithson /All Rights Reserved

To create the series Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer's Mother, Aline Smithson took photographs of her 85-year-old mother combining traditional photography techniques with hand painted color. The inspiration for the series began when she found a small print of Whistler's painting Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother, at a neighborhood garage sale. The same weekend she found a leopard coat and hat, a 1950s cat painting, and what looked like the exact chair from the Whistler painting. "That started me thinking about the idea of portraiture, the strong compositional relationships going on within Whistler's painting, and the evocative nature of unassuming details," says Smithson. More about Aline here

The Griffin Museum of Photography April 7 - May 16, 2010
Arrangement In Green And Black:
PORTRAIT OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S MOTHER
The Atelier Gallery, 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA

16 comments:

Karen + Sara said...

love the colors, pattern, composition...everything!

Monica said...

I love this series!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I can not stop smiling...you have captured whimsy and great composition in one fast swoop! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

amatamari© said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful: a fantastic series!
:-)
Thanks for sharing!

Debra Healy said...

I really love this series, what a wonderful way to honor ones mother. The tip to Whistler with way more color is just perfection, with a smile. The hand tinting is a gorgeous effect.

Federica said...

Wow!

stefania.confidential said...

bellissimi colori

Bruce Barone said...

This makes my day!!! Love it so much.

Susan said...

Wow: photography meets fine art, fashion, social history and the curious inspiration of a genius. I love it!

Maura Brennan said...

Congratulations on your show! So wonderful that you were able to spend this special time with your mother, and that you made such beautiful images...

becky said...

What a great series!
I just found your blog~ WOW! Scrolling back is like walking through so many galleries! So many artists!
Some beautiful work here, and wonderful links!
Thanks for sharing all of this!!!
:) I'm now a "follower!"

Pasadena Adjacent said...

The relationship between her mother and the photo on the wall took me a second to get. Kind of wrapped up in the seductive colors. I take it that nothing in her process includes photoshop. Funny

kathrin said...

gefällt mir ausgezeichnet !!! liebe Grüße Kathrin

Kelly-marie said...

WOW! These are so beautiful. x

Dallas Arts Salon said...

These are just so wonderful.

sophie munns said...

Compelling series of portraits...demand a closer look... fascinating idea I must say!