Silas Barrett's unconventional approach to portriture involves the removal of the most vital element that identifies the portrait, a recognizable subject. He accomplishes this through digital post production and in-camera irregularities. While not being irreverent toward the people he photographs, his main concern is the deconstruction of the photographic myth by reducing an image to its primary components: line, form and color.
In his latest grouping of portraits, Barrett manipulates his camera to malfunction during capture. This allows the camera to record his subject against its programming, a digital scramble of line, form and color. Barrett presents the images with little post-production manipulation. As much as a photographer would do in a darkroom.
Born in Los Angeles, Barrett currently lives and works in Washington DC.
Untitled Portrait (Collaboration)