IMAGE COURTESY OF REINIS HOFMANIS FROM HIS SERIES MODEL
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“”Reinis has created his series sensitively, discretely and reverently, as we see from the distance between the model and photographer. Each photo is equally aesthetically beautiful and absolutely candid in everything it reflects. His photography has retained an unobtrusive position – there is no indifference present, but great care, as the pictures tell us about relationships: man and environment, man and camera, man and viewer. We can also feel that author has gone further than the traditional “model – object” association, that we usually observe in studio artworks, further than the belief that the model is solely a formal source of investigation. He reveals models as humans rather than objects or a means to investigate colours, textures and the play of light. What matters is not the message each model could deliver, otherwise they would have probably been photographed in a different way, but their occupations. In the pictures we see individuals as models, depicted in an appealing, slightly bohemian environment which is also their working place, and as regular people following their daily routines – tense, exerting themselves, indifferent, relaxed, delighted or satisfied. It is interesting how their personalities transpire – subtle and very quiet, they are ubiquitous and form significant relationships with their surroundings, the viewer and the photographer. Reinis has certainly succeeded inbreaking up the classical pattern of model-photographer relationship, based in posture and posing, and has delicately developed a seemingly psychological trust equal to the one we often feel in paintings from older days – mutual reliance and interplay between the depicted and the depicter.” – Maija Rudovska, Art Historian”
Editor’s comment: Just another day in the life of a model! The use of color contrast is striking, along with the courage to use a busy background. Through careful observation of geometry, Reinis arrives at a balanced composition, with a fascinating, eccentric character at the heart of it.