Think of an event like the Toronto Film Festival and to all the famous faces who take part of it. Think that seeing them posing on the red carpet is not enough for you because you have the desire to discover the nature of their other face, the more intimate ones. The project Two Sides of Celebrity, created by thephotographer Andrew H. Walker partially satisfies this curiosity. The photographer asked to 53 artists, actors and singers, to pose by showing two different aspects of themselves, the public one and the private one, emphasizing a difference that often escapes in many portraits.
You decided to move from picturing the smiling celebrities on the red carpet, to ask them to pose and showing their dualism. How did you get the idea?
My only goal was to show the celebrities in two different versions of themselves. Their yin and yang. Their good side and their dark side. The red carpet will never show the inner work of a person and I wanted a taste of something more human, even if we were, in fact, contrived in a portrait into the studio of a Film Festival.
Asking an actor to show their real emotions can be extremely difficult although it’s customary for them being under the spot lights. In your opinion what was the funniest reaction and the sweetest moment of this experience? And that person that made you say “next please?”
Actually the funniest reaction and the ”next please” came from the same person, Anne Heche. She joined with the fury of a tornado, with her beauty and charm. Moving slowly, almost crawling on the table, it was impossible to capture the moment yin / yang. It was a continuous “Wahoo!”. Very nice but not functional for the project.
One last question. Would you be the one in front of the camera to show your yin/yang for our readers?
This is a really interesting request! I’m not sure I can accomplish it at this time. Who knows, maybe in the near future…