Shot by photographer Nick Fancher for his Remotraits project in 2020,
these portraits are composed by projecting a live video feed of the subject
(artist Mallory Abreu) onto a fixed screen, then creating layered portraits by shooting through different materials. Fancher used petroleum jelly on plexiglass, shattered mirrors, and motion to create the ephemeral layering present in the final photography, then passed imagery along to Abreu to layer with writing inspired from each shot.
Each poem is written by Abreu, inspired from and then digitally drawn onto Fancher's portraits. The series was created and completed during the pandemic, and captures the simultaneous loneliness and connectivity that is born from creating art in isolation. It is meant to both act as a documentation of the time -- a diary of sorts -- as well as an artistic expression of our desire
to see and be seen by others.