1.When was this photo taken?
2.Where was this photo taken?
3.Who took this photo?
4.What are we looking at here?
A portrait of Anwar Jaramogi I made while studying Photography and Film at Savannah College of Art & Design. Anwar and I were in the film program and I asked if I could take his portrait. In school I focused on 4x5 or 8x10 landscapes, not portraits. This was the only time I used the 11x14. For whatever reason, the film was never processed.
5.How does this old photo make you feel?
I'm not sure why I kept this huge box of undeveloped film for two decades. Maybe objects follow us around hoping to be rescued. After 20+ years in the elements the image has fogged. A halo effect follows the curve of his head… energy radiating up and out. In profile with his eyes closed, he seems in thoughtful prayer. Anwar was someone I knew but was not close with. He was that person you wanted to know, which is probably why I photographed him. I’m drawn to his closed eye. I imagine the sound of him slowly breathing in through his nose.
6.Is this what you expected to see?
I vaguely remember using the 11x14 camera and I remembered his face, but not his name. I have no memory why I photographed him with eyes closed in profile.
7.What kind of memories does this photo bring back?
I remember walking through Bergen Hall, the photo building at SCAD. Get off the elevator on the 3rd floor, walk straight head, take a left and quick right into the 11x14 studio. A heavy black curtain opened to massive window light facing east. Long nights in private darkrooms mixing GAF 135 developer and printing images on Forte Warm Tone paper. Pulling liquid platinum with a brayer across a piece of paper in the Alt Process lab.
8.How do you think others will respond to this photo?
Hopefully others feel peace. The image reminds me to stop, feel and breathe from the heart up and out through the head.