PORTRAITS OF PERSONAL FICTION
PERSONAE, portraits of personal fiction
PERSONAE is a series of portraits of people representing characters from their imagination.
I started this project from the desire to collaborate with fellow artists and the community around me. I was looking to communicate in a creative level with my surroundings.
Each subject was invited to represent his or her alter ego or a ‘character’ that had an important weight on his or her mind.
On 2017 we photographed 81 subjects from different walks of life. Poets, Artists, Dancers, Teachers, Accountants, Maintenance People, Uber Drivers, etc.
We culminated the project on with an exhibit at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 on December 1st. More than 250 people attended.
The project had a strong community involvement and the effect on the people who participated was positive and creative
PORTRAITS OF PERSONAL FICTION
INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES
Television interviews with Univision and Bronxnet. Both, in Spanish and English.
CONTIGO EN LA COMUNIDAD
Entrevista con Katiria Soto en el programa de “Contigo en la comunidad” de Univision, Unimas.
Con el Director de Arte Elliott Ortiz y el Curador Miguel Rivera.
RHINA VALENTIN FOR OPEN, BRONXNET
Interview with the one and only Rhina Valentin “La Reina del Barrio” for Open at Bronxnet.
With Art Director Elliott Ortiz
BOB LEE FOR OPEN, BRONXNET
Interview with the great Doctor Bob Lee for Open at Bronxnet.
With Visual Artist Gia Gutierrez.
For one year, Carlos David and his team have worked to bring the project to life. Among his team members are art director Elliott Ortiz, makeup artists Engelina Wibowo and Olga Subach, hair stylists Jason Linkow and Francesca Maria and many more collaborators. Together they have created an eclectic mix of characters. Superheroes, such as Wonder Woman, famous artists like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Marlene Dietrich, along with activists such as Albizu Campus, alter egos, unicorns, S&M, rock stars, boxers, animals, queens, kings, made-up characters and many more will become real in the Personae photo exhibit, offering a look into New York’s collective subconscious.
Carlos David is an art and commercial photographer based in New York City. He specialize in lighting. ” Photography is my passion and obsession. When I am not on a commercial photoshoot I dedicate my time to personal projects. My latest project, PERSONAE, has been a great learning experience in regards of community, collaborations and the strong fact that together we are stronger”.
The Art Director
Elliott Ortiz C (Artistic Director / Choreographer) : American-Venezuelan artistic director, choreographer, producer has extensive experience collaborating for Performing Arts institutions in South America, Europe, Canada and more recently in USA.
THE MAKE UP ARTIST
I have participated in the project because it was one of the most creative projects I got a chance to be involved in, with you being totally open to my ideas and imagination, not to mention your talent as a photographer itself!
My favorite character was Fred, Fred, Fred! The Rabbit.
Does this project influences the community?
Absolutely- I believe the whole idea was surprising even for the models – gave the opportunity to discover their inner world; the project supported the fundamental idea of art existence itself- showed how imagination, feelings, fears, pain, love protest can be expressed through many means of art (style, hair, makeup) and coronated by your photography talent!
Olga Subach New York based Print Makeup artist and hair stylist.
Graduated master program of MKC Beauty Academy,
Hollywood, Los Angeles, in 2006 and have been practicing
makeup in LA, Palm Beach, Nantucket and NY ever since.
THe HAIR STYLIST
I have always considered myself a creative communicator who does it through hair design. This project was a fantasy for myself to be able to explore my core believes deeper. Having the opportunity to do high-quality artistic portraits that weren’t necessarily fashion but grand in nature excites me!
My favorite character was Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany. It’s a movie that’s always captivated me and I fantasized many times myself about being able to do hair from that film!
The creative process of a project of this nature allows the participant to free their inner creative desires and express them in a way that shift perception about themselves.
Jason has been specializing in hair design and styling for over 20 years. He believes that real beauty requires a holistic approach looking deeper than just the surface to create harmony between your inner and outer self.
Always forward thinking, Jason has been at the forefront of creating what’s next. His background includes extensive salon work, NYFW, editorial, film, add campaigns, special events and hairstyling training.