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  • By g_a_patterson
    Jan 19, 2009
    "Portfolio XV" Portfolio XV is unusual as an artist's retrospective in that it concentrates on what the artist considers to be the pivotable images in the development of his vision in the previous fifteen years. So the emphasis is on more recent work and looks forward, rather than back. The photographs originally appeared as a gallery exhibition and portfolio of photographic prints, so this book serves as a catalogue for that as well as a publication in its' own right. There is an undoubted sensuality to Eric's work with the nude but it manages to avoid overt sexuality and never strays into the impersonal realms of erotica. These are portraits without clothes. The subjects are real people, and this holds true even with the most abstract images. The accompanying commentaries give a hint to why this is so - everyone involved is doing this because they are comfortable with it and they are involved with the result. There is strong flow to the compositions that has a... More > kinesthetic response with me - like watching brush caligraphy. They encourage me to return to them for further study, which is always a good sign with photographs. The text on each work give some insight into the creative process, and is a good counterpoint to the images. Since this collection is intended to map points of departure in the work of the artist, it helps to have some insight into how he perceives the images. I enjoyed (and continue to enjoy) this book, and highly recommend it. Graham Patterson< Less
  • By Miles and Chad
    Nov 22, 2008
    "Portfolio XV" Classical art is an increasingly rare phenomenon, but it's the best way I can describe Eric Boutilier-Brown's work. The meticulous attention to detail, shifted planes of focus, repeating lines and contrasts, the difficult exposures- all this is behind the scenes until you read the acompanying text. Only another profesional photographer could appreciate everything that goes into these pictures on a technical level simply by seeing the photographs alone, and they might still miss everything else at work here- the personal mythology that exists on an elemental level behind the work, the deep abiding love of natural light and human beauty, the relationships between model and photographer. These are not reflections of modern life, or social or political commentaries. They function on those levels only because they have something to convey on every level. If these photographs were a different medium- sculpture being the obvious thought- they would clearly be... More > Hellenistic, 4th Century Greece. Praxiteles and Boutilier-Brown would have gotten along famously. They both portray people, and women especially, with an unblinking commitment to realism that still venerates the sacred part of nature that we are, and which we still inhabit. But to simplify: XV is 15 fabulous silver nudes and a candid look into where they came from. I highly recommend this book.< Less
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Eric Boutilier-Brown
April 26, 2006
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.59 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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