Katie Huisman inspires me. She’s a multi-talented Vancouver photographer, residing somewhere between a wandering, sun-loving, juicing surfer and a linguistic, human-nature aficionado. Last we spoke, we chatted about how her work is often labeled as being either artistic or scientific, never some of each. I believe we settled on fundamentally artistic, but you will have a chance to ask her yourself at her artist talk this Saturday, February, 22, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. Katie will discuss her photographic exhibit Physical Attraction, currently on display atInitial Gallery until March 8, 2014.
She photographed 50 couples of varying age, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. The lengths of their relationships range from two months to 61 years. From these studies, she created composite photographs to compare facial anatomy, paying tribute to practices such as physiognomy and cephalometric analysis. Katie has applied these landmarks of facial analysis, merging the couples’ images to begin her investigation into the unreasoned aspects of human attraction.
I feel lucky. I have been to see the show, and I got to be a part of it. I had the experience of my partner and I being one of her studied pairs (bonus points if you can find me on the gallery walls). I am looking forward to learning more about human attraction at the gallery on Saturday.
Do we have the ability to look at the face of a stranger and instantly know if we feel attraction or not? It is impossible to ignore the romantic chemistry when it exists between two people.
There is an instinctual attraction between faces that magnetically draws people together. To explore this notion further I've used the method of composite photography to compare facial features of people engaged in romantic partnership.
Fifty couples of varying age, ethnicity and sexual orientation were photographed, the length of their relationships ranging from two months to sixty-one years. In order to visually analyze the facial similarities and differences of the subjects, twelve specific angles were photographed of each person. A series of composite photographs were created to compare the horizontal space between the pupils, the vertical distance between eyes and nose along with the shape of the profile. The survey demonstrated that out of the fifty couples photographed ninety percent of the vertical distance between the eyes matched within millimeters and eighty six percent of the horizontal distance between the eyes and nose and couple profiles matched.
The result is an apparent visual indication of the similar physiognomic features shared by people who are romantically involved.
The duality of emotion and reason are not independent or conclusive, although my survey shows that our decisions regarding physical attraction may be greatly influenced by our primordial instincts.
Katie Huisman is a photographer based in Vancouver, Canada.
Her body of work is informed by human behaviour, body language and our relationship to voyeurism within contemporary society. Katie is influenced by antiquarian aesthetics and the scientific approach to the creation of identity in 19th century photography. Through her work she is intent on studying the present state of photography, with regard for history.
Roy Arden photographing 439 Powell Street on Feb. 2nd
ming sun benevolent society - uchida family buiding is one of the 20 oldest buildings in vancouver. 439 powell street housed low-income residents, provided social and educational assistance and affordable artist studio space. in dec 2013 the building was almost demolished, thanks to the ongoing support from the people the building still stands.
bright future - 439 powell street - for the life of the building