David Stratton, 2012 by Sharon Zwi

image of David Stratton 2012 by Sharon Zwi

Artist's statement

This composite portrait shows David Stratton, former director of the Sydney Film Festival, film critic and presenter of ‘At the Movies’, on ABC TV. In this work, I explore the idea of a portrait as a life diary, using multiple images of David over his lifetime, going from one instant to a whole-of-life portrait, trying to evoke traces of memory, history, place and mood. I have incorporated time in my portraits, showing the development from babyhood through childhood into adulthood and to the present, mostly through full-face photos, but also including some photos with people he has worked with. Most of the photos were scanned and then worked on from David’s photographs. I took the last image in the grid.