21 imagesPortraits of R. Duck Portraits of R. Duck were created at wildlife sanctuaries near waterways and rice fields in Northern California during the winter season of 2010- 2011. Wetland locations along the Pacific Flyway were selected for the quality of light and the presence of migratory waterfowl. Portraits of R. Duck expand the notion of environmental portraits, using the location of the portraits to not only add understanding of the subject of the portraits but also to speak to environmental threats to wetlands and wild places and to inspire their protection. Each portrait's focus on the multiple faces of the Rubber Ducky bath toy against an indistinct natural world accentuates a sense of loss, and ironically suggests the need to preserve wetlands and wild places for wildlife in a contemporary world preoccupied with the trivial at the expense of the marvelous. David Arnold
14 imagesDolls and photographic portraiture are linked in several ways: both the portrait and the doll navigate the space between the real and the unreal; both the portrait and the doll project unique characteristics of the face and from this vision we fashion whole beings. Most importantly, the expressions of dolls and photographic portraits are fixed. We study the complexity of the face and return again and again to our interpretation of these fixed expressions. The dolls for Second Hand Dolls Series were selected from thrift shops for their expressions and then photographed in the full bloom of spring landscapes. Through selective focus and lighting, the doll's fixed expression expands to challenge us to read and interpret the anthropomorphic features of the doll.