Transcript of all Viewers’ comments at the Likeness Project Exhibition

The following is the transcription of the viewer’s comments:

(Whilst viewing, open the link in a new window to all the photographs for reference –  http://kevincasha.com/blog/reference-to-all-exhibits-at-the-likeness-project/)

 

We really liked it. Thank you.

Raphael aged 7.

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Sergio Muscat

General note: it is difficult to gauge the character of a person from these images. Some people I know are well represented but others give a totally different perspective altogether. There is variance so it is difficult to come up with a conclusion on the results.

In general the frontal shots are possibly the most telling. It could be because we love and value eye contact. The full profiles and inverse only give indicative physical characteristics and little else. The portrait profile gives sometimes some indications, whether correct or otherwise.

No. 13    Materialistic, slightly bored. Fond of physical appearance.

No. 12    Quiet, nice guy, enjoys life but enjoys also solitude. Intelligent, possibly an engineer.

No. 11    Superficial, very self conscious about her appearance.

No.  8     Difficult to judge. Possibly introvert, builds a defence against vulnerability, but might have an   aggressive streak if provoked.

No. 7      Quiet and friendly, seems like an approachable person with a great sense of humour.

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Very innovative concept. Food for thought!

Nicole

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Very, very nice. Wonderful.

Gary

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Kevin, this is really strange exhibit. It is so classic, you know the traditional studio portraits. It makes you feel like you are not at St James Cavalier, but at some old fashioned photography studio (I have been to one and it was a magical place, out of time, with character). It seems like all the prints have been done in a traditional way, with chemical rather than with digital print. You managed to capture the essence of something that is slowly disappearing. The photos in the middle of each print look like a negative slide (even if they are lighted this way). Another reference to the ‘old good days’. But what is really ‘troubling’ about this exhibit that it reminds me of mug shots, police photos, prison photograph (i.e. in the US). Perhaps it’s just me, but this is what this collection reminds me, the way their profiles (left – centre – right) are positioned and the silhouettes above them. Some have these looks about them (no. 3) that you wonder what have happened to them, what is their story.

It is kind of spooky, just before Halloween, but then it is me J I see a lot of strange things in various places.

Overall, it is a great thought provoking little secret. Well done!

Xxx MAL

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Ing! Gorgeous! Lovely, beautiful… XOX

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Prosit Kevin!

Martin Dimech

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Well done!

Luke Briffa

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Rebecca – Pauline – Mark – Rachel – Charles / Great Salisburg 31/10/2012

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Silhouettes … ! I am sadly aware of my sagging chin nowadays (I am 65 yrs) so I found the chins on all your subjects of interest! I like your proper photos in each of the ‘pictures’ (bottom left) best.

On your screen display I thought your shots all excellent but loved the non fashion shots best of all, youth and old age in particular.

Sorry, I have not responded to your request on each individual display.

 

Anne Morris, South Manchester UK

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Prosit, bhal-dejjem Kevin. Kuncett straordinarju. Hubert Cini 01/11/12

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Lovely. Aj lajk jor work hij. Prosit. Abdilla Castillo & familja

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Intriguing! Complexity drawn from simplicity.

Arthur Felice 03/11/2012

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Extraordinarily introspective view of these faces. Thank you.

Jack Matelot

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Interesting! Well done!

David DP Attard

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Kev,

Opposite to your instructions, looking at the people I do know, I have realised that I Know only the character they choose to show me wherever I meet these people.

These photos allowed me to allow my imagination to roam free and wonder at the other characteristics of these people and the sides of their personalities I do not know, but got a glimpse of from this project.

Very inspiring work as always!

Rene Attard

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I was moved. Amazing!

Unknown

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This is not very good I have seen better work.

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I like the work.

Lara Asciak

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I came here with an open mind. When I saw the portraits one by one, I was interested in the presentation mainly because

A)    The silhouettes are unknown, they do not reveal much however a slight tilt of the chin can indicate a confident person / or  whereas a certain shot with relaxed / or slouched shoulders indicated maybe a subject who does not care how he/she looks.

B)    I am a fan of the bottom left photos because of the approach in photography light in both eyes highlights the innuendoes of the soul, people look more approachable.

C)    Am in awe with the middle shots, they are scary and give me a void feeling … could it be the loneliness of our souls?

D)     The split shot is the most direct and the viewer challenges you to look head on at them, but do we dare look?

I love this exhibit … can’t comment on individual shots since I know most of the sitters.

The presentation made a fresh impact to ordinary portraits seen around most galleries! Well done.

Therese

PS: Mom loved the portraits on screen …

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Very nice photos J

12 & 11           Look like good, warm-hearted people

5 & 7               Look a bit meaner type, persons with dark secrets

6                      Wants to achieve his goals badly

9                      She looks gentle and calm. Quite a peaceful person.

I didn’t really feel like I got such immediate impressions from the other portraits.

The concept behind the exhibition has given me something different to think about now.

Lovely work!

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04/11/12 Mi piace….

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04/11/12 Molto bello, buon divertimento / Italian visitor

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05/11/12

Very interesting, yet demanding topic – portraiture. I like the silhouette effects in the first place and the natural window light. Very innovative idea to keep the picture as it is taken and not made-up. I like it. Prosit. Keep up the good work.

Silvanne

(Your self portrait suits you well)

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05/11/12

Kevin,

Prosit. Unusual aspect of photography. Very well presented and compelling to look at.

No. 1               Pensive, intense person

No. 2               Aggressive, gets things done

No. 3               Worried, insecure

No. 4               Happy, motherly type

No. 5               Technical, intelligent

No. 6               Artistic, caring

No. 7               Hard life, manual work, mischievous

No. 8               Business like, maybe artistic

No. 9               Caring (nurse), mother

No. 10             Fashion conscious, artistic

No. 11             Happy, fulfilled

No. 12             Calm, serene, forward looking

No. 13             Mysterious (could not immediately decide), ambitious maybe?

Andrew

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I like your idea, I think that there is a mystery to them; you do not know their background – if they are important people, just plain old simplicity.

Thanks for your exhibition.

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06/11/12

Prosit

Felicity Zammit/ B’bugia

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06/11/12

No. 5               Quite serious about life and himself. This does not mean that he has no sense of humour. Intellectual

No. 6               Gentle, careful not to hurt or insult people. A bit shy. Likes to be on her own.

No. 7               Takes life as it comes. Sometimes taken advantage of. Kind. Not overly clever.

No. 8               Likes women and friends. Quite good self esteem. Likes ‘hip’ things/ crowds

No. 9               Conscientious. Likes routine & orderliness. Not very wild (a bit dull).

No. 10             Assertive, educated, but likes to present himself / be an individual

No. 11             Talkative, laughs a lot. Likes activity.

No. 12             Gentle. Religious. Not always gentle. Can probably change moods quickly.

No. 13             An underlying insecurity. Not intellectual. Likes to be accepted & mainstream.

No. 4               Talkative, friendly, has some very close friends

No. 2               Kind and a little shy

No. 1               Sometimes unkind to others. Can be judgemental towards others

No. 3               Lively & spontaneous.

Thanks for an interesting exhibition.

Glen

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06/11/12

  1. Sensitive complex
  2. Gentle, romantic
  3. Focussed, energetic
  4. Kind, brave
  5. Thinker, intellectual
  6. Artistic, creative
  7. Pragmatic, intelligent
  8. Intense, deep, scorpio
  9. Caring, teacher, spiritual
  10. Humane, musical
  11. Fun, lively, athletic
  12. Religious, steady
  13. Dancer, elegant, idealistic

Well done Kevin!

Anonymous

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06/11/12

  1. Serious, likes order, a bit naive
  2. Kind, extroverted, easy going
  3. Creative, a bit stubborn, has aspirations
  4. Sense of humour, self-sarcastic, sensitive
  5. ?
  6. Generous, honest, ambitious
  7. Calm, friendly, a bit introverted
  8. Decisive, thinking big, gentle
  9. Strict, serious, honest
  10. Artistic, vain, self-involved
  11. Social, kind, a bit selfish
  12. Caring, sensitive, serious
  13. Self-centred, a bit naive.

Good job!

Anonymous 2

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06/11/12

Why is 12 different?

Pete

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Prosit Kevin.

Vincent Zammit

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08/11/2012

Prosit Kevin.

Excellent work. I like the idea. Great!! Very inspiring.

Keith Ellul

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09/11/12

  1. Young, untroubled, a bit bored
  2. Easy going, looks like trying not to laugh
  3. Looks a bit rushed, possibly a fidget
  4. Friendly, intelligent eyes, thoughtful
  5. Serious, moody possibly
  6. (Beautiful big eyes, by the way) Sad looking, though determined
  7. Bit of a joker, sarcastically minded
  8. Inquisitive and curious, friendly
  9. Shy, straightforward
  10. Quiet, hard worker, a bit contemptuous
  11. Friendly, artistic, loving
  12. Nice, unassuming, relaxed
  13. Very sensuous lips! Not serious –jokey, vain

Sandy C

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In a world where everyone wants to be ‘tagged’ on social networks, the notion of portraiture is increasingly elusive. I very much admire the qualities you convey in your subjects.

Den Carter UK

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Good work, however when one looks at the collective exhibition you’d easily realise that ‘a template’ structure was preset in the photographer’s mind. Thus, I would have preferred if you were to change the angle of some photos.

Hope you find this comment useful, didn’t want to offend you in any way, shape or form.

Ian Karl Coleiro

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Well done.

Laura

Prosit hafna ta, Kevin!

Unrecognizable signature

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Very interesting and extremely inspiring.

Suz

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Great work Kevin! Gives me a feeling of going back to photography’s roots which is great. I obviously cannot comment on the photos as I recognise or know many of the people here.

Very interesting and inspiring work. I enjoyed it!

Elliot

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Inspiring… Should get back to my workshop.

Aslihan

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  1. Bitterness
  2. Contentment
  3. Emptiness
  4. Happiness
  5. Seriousness
  6. Hope
  7. Experience
  8. Emptiness
  9. Hope
  10. Pretence
  11. Satisfaction
  12. Contentment
  13. Superficiality

Joseph

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12/11/12

Interesting concept and study. I am afraid to comment as I know most of the subjects. However on a general viewpoint, if images were portrayed in a mix, they would be quite puzzling to identify.

Interesting silhouettes, these are more complex and unidentifiable .

Well done!

Charles Calleja

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No. 10             Reserved, afraid to share emotions, does not like to expose his personality / himself

No. 11             Warm-hearted, shy, timid

No. 9               Has high expectations towards herself, very ambitious, strict with herself.

No. 7               Friendly, sad, likes to look back / nostalgic

No. 1               Bored

Kevin,

Very innovative and artistic concept. Prosit! We need to see more of such art in Malta!

Nathalie Attard