Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tim Remick's Remarkable Denali Faces

The size and detail of these photos of people getting down from Denali climbs was unrelenting. Every detail of their faces blown up about 15 times life size.

This was one of the older climbers and the most beat up by the mountain.

Tim Remick's words on the wall of the museum explain the series of portraits:
"is a visual exploration of the human condition after climbing North America's highest peak.  These portraits attempt to document the human experience through the communicative power of the face."

 "Each portrait explores the curious physiological details resulting from the ravages of exhaustion, accentuating the emotional condition of the individual."

"It is within the moment of the after that I have sought to find the exactness that exists within the human response and to capture that curious mix of adrenaline, reflecting, and exhaustion, all sharing the same instant."
Look carefully for the photographer
"It is through this consensual process that these portraits become an artistic exploration of persona, character, and identity reflective of the physical manifestation of the journey's toil, celebrating human capacity to endure."

Each portrait had a card.  The number ranked the climbers from slowest to fastest, their age, they all made it to the peak, and how long the climb took.

I'm putting this up to demonstrate I didn't abandon my life completely to redistricting this week.  I stopped by the Anchorage Museum one afternoon a spent an hour decompressing.  The advantage of buying an annual pass is you can just drop in for a short visit as frequently as you like.  $12 for an hour would be steep, but the pass means I don't feel the need to make my visit a half a day long.   This exhibit is here until April 15.

Interestingly, they had another Denali exhibit upstairs. 

This photoshop attempt worked ok in the painting on the lower right.  I superimposed a photo they had of Browne taken by photographer Bradford Washington.  The rest is  'experimental.'  I think visually, the bio is way too much.   The end of the bio says he died in a shooting accident in the Adirondacks.  You can see he was quite young. This exhibit ends April 22.

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