Artist features

Amy Adams

Amy Adams videotaped her subjects, seen from her bedroom window overlooking the 125th Street elevated subway station in Manhattan, as they waited alone on the platform late at night.

Text Welmer Keesmaat Photography Amy Adams

Illuminated by harsh fluorescent lighting and isolated from their environment, the faces appear theatrical or ghost-like, bearing little resemblance to the banal reality of their setting.

Whether pensive or paranoid, the expressions of the travellers seem timeless and almost archetypal. Using a contemporary process, which combines digital video with traditional darkroom techniques, has allowed Amy Adams to create textural and ephemeral images that visually reference historical methods of image-making and portraiture.

This article appeared earlier in Yvi Magazine #6: Portrait.

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