Some of you might be aware I wrote about the ballet Close to Chuck a couple of months ago. The ballet took Chuck Close the legendary portrait painter as its subject, setting much of the action against a backdrop of one of his self-portraits. Even the large-skirted costumes were lined with his self-portrait, whirling and multi-colored as the dancers turned. I had not previously encountered Chuck Close, but yesterday I ran into him again.
Vanity Fair‘s March issue, which I have only just finished because I am a total slacker, featured a series of celebrity photographs by the man himself. Under the heading “The 2014 Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio” these photos claimed to show what “as you’ve never seen them before” really means. The photos were taken on a 20 by 24 inch Polaroid, an uncommon and very cool camera. Here are some of my favorites:
Ok maybe all of them were my favorites. There are a few more where this came from, too, but I thought these were the most stunning. I think there has always been this desire to see celebrities as “real people.” As much as we love seeing them as these far off points of light, sometimes we want to know what they look like when they don’t have a team of stylists making them perfect. It makes us feel… possible. Like it’s possible we could really live in the same world with such talented pretty people. From encouraging the famed to take selfies without makeup to loving Lorde for showing us her own un-photoshopped face, its obvious that portraits like these have been longed for. And no one better than Chuck Close to take them.
Since I keep running into Chuck Close, I thought I should share my new love of him with you all and hopefully inspire you to check out some of his work. Hope you’re having a nice week friends!
(Photos all from Vanity Fair)