Human in Negative is an exciting exhibition by Paris-based fashion photographer Marcos Domingo Sanchez (in pic above). This new slant on portrait photography is worth looking at in the gallery because of the light effect on the surfaces. First the sitter is painted. “I paint with the make-up then tempura. I wait for it to dry, and then I crack the tempura, it takes five to six hours,” says Domingo Sanchez. Nothing is photoshopped, the only thing done is the photograph is changed from positive to negative. The paint in positive changes completely in the negative, blue in positive is red in negative so he has to always imagine the final image colours as he works. Blue will become yellow and red will become turquoise. Years of experimenting and creating have given him a deep understanding of how to use and combine a variety of alternative materials and techniques.
Some works are on bonze and others on aluminium. Even if the final artwork is a photograph, the artist only prints one copy because he considers the result a painting, using the model’s skin as the canvas. Well worth a look. At The Muse on Portobello Road, from now until 29th May. But don’t go in the morning, the gallery is open Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 6pm. themuseat269