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STILL

In our modern lives we tend to spend a lot of time looking for happiness and beauty. Usually however, what we get is overstimulated, and we go and lose the plot.

Still by Michele Aboud gives a first impression of elegance and beauty. However, on closer inspection her candid profile shots have a high-contrast, warts-and-all quality.

Aboud displays the ability that decades as a glamour photographer has shaped. Her subjects all look deeply into the audience’s eye, revealing honest inner truths.

If the bulk of photographers were to try this, the images would be stark and confronting. Yet, Aboud’s work seems to entice the observer into an intimate connection with the subject. Walking between these classical pictures and taking them in, viewers may gradually feel themselves dropping into a meditative state.

Still by Michele Aboud is truly an exercise in meditation and inner-harmony, executed by a master of the craft. (LC)

June 12-30, Black Eye Gallery, 3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst, Free, (02) 8084 7541, blackeyegallery.com.au

BY LUKE COX

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