…….I’m not even sure if this is a girl or a young woman – but the portrait will serve to introduce Amanda Demme – 47-year-old widow of late film director Ted Demme. She was a Hollywood impresario, going from music production to event production, before turning the Tropicana Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel into the place for A-listers to hang out. After her husband’s death in 2002 at just 38, she dropped out of the limelight to raise her two children, before reemerging as a gifted photographer – starting in 2010.
A blonde-haired girl with an obscured face is one of the recurrent motifs that I’ve pulled from her portfolio (which is 90% about adult models):
…..and as you can see, it recurs even with dramatically different photographic styles. She isn’t the type of poster to give any links on Instagram, so the models remain anonymous.
There are some other excellent portraits:
……the last two – and a couple of others – reminding me of Australian Bill Gekas‘ homage to Dutch, Flemish and Italian masters, using his daughter Athena as the model:
…..but whereas Bill veers towards kitsch, Amanda keeps a rather unsettling, slightly surreal atmosphere. She clearly concentrates mainly on themes relating to adult experience – but the use of period costumes (and child models) seems to be becoming more evident in her work of late – tho’ an obscured face is never far away – even in a self-portrait: