"Gabriella" is an image from the Sentimentalist Series by Matthew Dols, which is a collection of conceptual portraits.
“At a time when digitally captured and enhanced photographs can achieve new levels of flawlessness, I find myself increasingly drawn to handmade, inherently flawed images. Work with some complexity and ambiguity, work that was constructed or crafted, work with a very individual voice. Some of the effects that I was most taken with–the lovely, ghostly layering in Matthew Dols’s Sentimentalist series.”
Vince Aletti, curator notes from Photography Now 2011
Through the process of creating the work it evolved into a conceptual portrait of the particular person. I began creating original images myself during fashion photograph shoots that I was hired to do. And now I have integrated the two processes of my photographic works by using the photographs that I create for the fashion industry and creating these conceptual portraits from them.
This imagery takes the myriad of experiences and expectations and blends all of them together. A single image is created by layering hundreds of images of a single person in order to create a ‘sense’ of that person, and how they are in my life. Some of the images end up being representational, while others become more ethereal, which is illustrative of how I see all the people in my life.