by Douglas D. Prince
For Douglas Prince photography is about exploring the world, interpreting or interacting with what you see. This world is increasingly online. He started using pre-existing images as the basis for his work, using the internet as a camera of sorts, and the computer as a dark room.
The nude is a canonical subject in classical art. With the ubiquitous of pornography online it seems unavoidable Douglas would use it to create art. He does this by literally skimming the surface: Epidermis is Latin for skin.
The images are made from pre-existing images found online using only the parts that show only skin. The images alternate between abstract psychedelic patterns and entirely too realistic close-up details.
The images have an unmistakable digital aesthetic; with their fluid lines and odd edges they look like a photoshop filter gone wild. They are the reverse of the retouching jobs on cover models, that are executed to remove any flaw and to provide us with a seamless flawless picture of an idealised body.
Epidermis seems to shows everything that was cut away and thrown on the floor, while sometimes exposing a very unhidden graphic detail. It makes the seams and flaws its subject and is an abstract image that explores the reality of being in our own skin.
These and other images from the series Epidermis are also published as a limited edition book: “Epidermis, The Poetry of Skin,” a limited edition of 50 copies with a signed original 8”x10” print of Epidermis -109, priced at $300,- Each image has a corresponding ekphrastic poem by Scott A. Gallaway. You can order the book directly from Douglas Prince.
What's in the download?
The download contains 3 JPG images from the series Epidermis at their full resolution (1200 x 1500 pixels), wallpapers for desktop and iOS of the images and a PDF with background information on the images, the process and the artist.
Douglas D. Prince
In a career spanning almost 50 years Douglas D. Prince manages to stay immensely curious about new technology and manages to keep making fresh and relevant images in todays world. In working with the camera, in the darkroom, or on the computer he is exploring how the process of photography can help create meaningful and resonating images. At the same time photography is about exploring the world, interpreting or interacting with what you see. This increasingly takes the form of using internet as a camera, using pre-existing images as a basis for his work. Douglas Prince uses the vast possibilities of the technology and the unlimited availability of images as an excuse to be completely free; his images span a large range of styles and subjects and techniques and have in common only that they are poignant and significant.
Douglas Prince’s work is part of several notable permanent collections, among which the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, The Art Institute of Chicago and the International Museum of Photography, Rochester, New York. Douglas has been teaching photography at universities around the USA since the 1970s. He currently teaches at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH.