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Maria Rojo de Steffey

Gwenn Seemel
Maria Rojo de Steffey (Multnomah County Commissioner)
2005
acrylic on canvas
24 x 18 inches

$600 (Email me for details.)

Back when I was creating this series, I was using an analog camera to photograph my subjects. Once I had finished a portrait, I always sent the subjects all the photos that were not crucial to the building of the portrait. After all, I usually took between fifty and eighty photos of a subject, so it didn’t make sense to keep all of them. Maria gave those extra photos to her grandchildren, who enjoyed including their grandmother in their collage artworks.

Getting a digital camera changed my process. I started taking two or three hundred photos of my subjects. I remember the first time I used my new digital camera because of who the subject was.