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Portraits of B

Jul 22, 2019 - Milan Gies

These images are part of the series ‘Portraits of B’. This is a long term project I’ve started many years ago and I’m still working on. I’ve portrayed my friend B over the course of many years. My focus in this series is on studying the way his body, posture and glance tell the story of his, often painful, life.


Although I’m a photographer, I get a lot of inspiration from painters like Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. What I try to do in my work, is to get as close to a person as possible, both physically and emotionally, and spend a lot of time with them. By working this way, they allow me to come closer and help me in showing them as ‘true’ as possible.