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Good Old Gays is a series of double portraits of gay couples that have been together for many years, sometimes more than fifty.“The series shows that these couples are absolutely able to have a long-term relationship. The pictures pay particular attention to the expression of the love between the people portrayed. Atmospheric and full of humour as they are, these portraits are anything but mundane. At times theatrical and exuberant, at others modest or shy, a little stiff and dignified, they exhibit themselves for the lens. Surrounded by their personal objects, emphasizing the intimacy of their relationship, the Good Old Gays give us a clear and moving picture of a lifetime spent together.
Photography Print:Black & White on Paper
Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10
Size:15 W x 15 H x 0.1 D in
Packaging:Ships Rolled in a Tube
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
Paul Koeleman is a portrait photographer. He photographs people - and the occasional animal - and records and manipulates his subjects as if he were a movie director experimenting with poses, postures and expressions, composition and scenography, clothing, accessories and props, but also through the experiment with the photographic material itself. To Paul Koeleman a portrait is never just a portrait because in his portraits he searches for the nearly unattainable: to capture that world we all carry within ourselves and to show how we project that inner life to the world at large. This seems an impossible task because does the representation of the physical and inner reality of a subject not always depend on the perception and the reality of the photographer? And what is in actual fact the reality of a picture? In his beautiful short story The Adventure of a Photographer, part of the collection Difficult Loves (1970), the Italian writer Italo Calvino tells us about Antonino Paraggi and his quest to try and grasp the reality of photography. In the course of the story the young Antonio changes from being a sceptical spectator, a ‘non’ photographer, into a photographer who is looking with increasing obsession for that one perfect picture. In the process, he develops a theory that critiques the snapshot because, as Calvino has Antonino say: “Photographed reality immediately gets something nostalgic, the character assumes a lost joy, a memorial, as though it is a picture of the day before yesterday. And the lives you lead in order to photograph it, is basically already a memorial of its self. The idea that a snapshot is more real than a portrait that one has posed for, is a prejudice ... “ In his story Calvino examines the purpose, significance and popularity of the photographic image and he argues that photography is always about framing a particular moment in a particular way. Therefore the motivation for a photograph does not lie within reality, but in the creation of its own ideal, its own ideal image. And therefore it is also about love.
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