Monday, July 30, 2012

REVEALED: Portraits from Beneath One's Surface

REVEALED: Portraits from Beneath One’s Surface is a film that features 11 individuals who were part of photographer Scott Indermaur's larger project, REVEALED. Scott creates one-of-a-kind portraits of individuals who have been given the unique challenge of symbolically capturing their beliefs, essence. His project has included more than 200 subjects from around the country to date.

The film about the project, REVEALED: Portraits from Beneath One’s Surface, explores the insights and the impact REVEALED has had on these individuals and on Indermaur himself. It was filmed in Providence and East Greenwich by Christian de Rezendes of Breaking Branches Pictures

We premiere REVEALED: Portraits from Beneath One’s Surface on Saturday, August 11 at 7 P.M. as part of the ongoing series Rhode Island Stories, with encore on Sunday August 12 at 11 P.M. on Rhode Island PBS.

On Learn, REVEALED: Portraits from Beneath One’s Surface airs on Wednesday, August 15 at 10 P.M.

In Scott’s words:
“Upon examining my relationship with my own spirituality, I wanted to learn how other people connect with their sense of self. My intentions were to photograph spirituality from a non-literal perspective. I wanted to peel back the layers of traditional spirituality and focus on the individual’s personal essence.
“I presented my subjects with a small wooden box and asked them in advance of the photography session to bring items that represented their spiritual experience in which to fill the space. The concept of identity and the awareness of a higher existence quickly evolved into a vessel of self-exploration and quiet confession. I soon discovered that my subjects shared far more … the works I am selecting for publication illustrate my subjects’ responses to the project, as well as the inadvertent disclosures of their most subtle hopes and fears.
“What I find to be most interesting is the profound effect this project has had on so many of my subjects. Given the opportunity to look within, many experienced a journey that took them much deeper than their initial inner self-examination, which revealed undiscovered truths about themselves. I asked my subjects to reflect upon their responses through essays, which accompany their portraits.”

To read the essays, to see a slideshow of Scott’s beautiful portraiture, and for more information about his REVEALED project, visit Scott’s Web site.

Filmmaker Christian de Rezendes (whose work includes 41 and Alzira's Story, seen on Rhode Island PBS) has been acclaimed here, here, and here for capturing the essence of the project, reflecting its intimacy and sharing profound insights on the individuals and their stories - and ourselves. Visit Breaking Branches Pictures for more information about Christian's current projects.