Neil Shigley Talks About: Invisible People

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Neil Shigley a local artist is pointing his his camera lens at those we don’t often see. In his latest project Invisible People Neil shows us the faces of the homeless like they never been seen before.

Each portrait begins with a walk to different parts of the city where I know that homeless people frequent. I will approach an individual and explain that I am an artist. After conversing for a while I ask if I can do their portrait. I tell them that I am doing portraits of people living on the streets. Some say no, some say yes. If they agree I take one or two photos. I don’t like to take more than that because I’m looking for the most direct and honest expression. I prefer working from a photo for these images because a ‘snap-shot’ is the closest thing to capturing an emotion (one moment, captured).

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