Self portrait, 2019.

Self portrait, 2019.

Justin Tyler Norton

American, b. 1980, Arizona, based in Portland, Oregon.

I studied painting at a small school in Italy between 2003 to 2006. My interest in making portraits transitioned from paint to photography sometime around 2010. Use of a camera and film to capture a portrait is not unlike use of brush and paint. There is a science and practice to both, and yet I find photography to be more contemporary by comparison. I would venture to say the distinction between the two is ego.

Camera work has aptly taken responsibility for strict truth in nature, thereby removing the constraints of paint to find purpose in various other forms of expression similar to music. That is not to say that photography is incapable of commanding the power of expression. Ask yourself: If a photograph made sound, what would it sound like?