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Charles, 2015

by Amiel Courtin-Wilson

Winner, Digital Portraiture Award 2016
Single-channel HD digital video
Soundtrack by Eliane Radigue (Jetsun Milla)

Charles, 2015 by Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Video: 7 minutes

Charles is a portrait of a middle-aged man I met outside a 7/11 late one night on the outskirts of Oklahoma City in 2015. Charles had been homeless for some years, estranged from his family because of his schizophrenia, and was living by a pond at the back of the convenience store. We instantly formed a very intimate connection due to his gentle and deeply compassionate outlook on life. He told me beautiful stories about how he would talk to the trees and clouds before going to sleep each evening, and his plans to visit his daughter in Memphis before the end of the year. We ate some dinner together by his pond before shooting this portrait at about 3am.

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Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes
Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes
Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes
Charles, 2015 video: 7 minutes

Digital Portraiture Award 2016

Previous exhibition, 2016

An annual event to extend traditional notions of portraiture and foster emerging artists with an interest in new technology.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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