A Portrait of the Berkshires Project
draws upon the rich but short-lived tradition of American itinerant
painters. I am seeking Berkshire residents and visitors interested in
having their portrait painted. These images reveal the contemporary
character and diversity of life in the Berkshires and mirror work done by traveling artists of the
18th century who produced the icons of their era.
Viewing a portrait, it
is easy to believe we know things about the person in the picture. But
what if we were to compare what we think we know about a person based on
his portrayal with what he says about himself? How often might our
assumptions be wrong? What can portraiture tell one about herself in the
role of viewer and consumer of images?
paintings of neighbors and friends, visitors and passersby that will
produce a portrait record of this region that is in dialogue with
traditional paintings passed down by early-American itinerant painters.
Nearly 200 people have sat for photographs already. I would like others
that are interested to become a part of this project!
no less interested in contemporary concerns of identity and its
construction in culture by images. I want to portray not just the way that
people who participate in the project present themselves but also what
they say about themselves, their identity and connections to the various
communities within the Berkshires.
you are interested in participating, just call Edward Cating.
There is no charge for any aspect of this project.
I will take several photographs and you will
receive an archival print on cotton rag paper in return for your time and
permission to display your likeness. Print out the
permission form, fill it out and bring it
with you to your sitting!
you are one of the many that have taken time to drive to North Adams for a
portrait session, thank you. If you have not already done so, please take
a few minutes to tell us about yourself!