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NEW ORLEANS STUDIO LIVE UPDATE 02/04/23

STATUS: The studio will be open Saturday and Sunday. Sunday evening we will be shooting for the Wildwood series.

MODELS: We are still doing "open studio" for male models interested in volunteering to become art. This means no interview is necessary. Text or message to confirm a slot. Tourists are especially encouraged to visit during the 2023 Mardi Gras season.

VISITORS: Tours of the studio are always available. Text or message if you'd like to see what was LITERALLY created from the ashes of Hurricane Ida.

(These updates are posted daily)

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Grey Cross Studios
1920 4th St, New Orleans , LA 70113
Email: gcsartno@aol.com
Twitter: @GreyCrossStudio
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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Resurrecting the Faces of the Dead (The Resurrection Series Index)



There is something infinitely satisfying about resurrecting faces from the past. Out of all the art I create, this touches me in a way that no other art form can.

To work with the face of a person long dead gone in a photo, is almost like time travel. I am both transported back to the world of that face, while at the same time I am grasping that persons spirit and tugging it gently into the future.

It is the goal of most artists I think, to evoke emotion in those that view their art. But I think what is equally important is evoking emotion within the artist while the art is created. That piece of art cannot but help be changed by those emotions.

When I first began creating surreal portraits from very old photos, I was afraid it would be a violation to the person. But I quickly shifted my thoughts on this when I considered how I would feel if someone in the future took an old photo of me and created new art from it. Would I be upset? Was I upset? No, I was actually a little disappointed that I would never see it. 

I know all of this is very ephemeral. What I create, what others may create is but a moment in time. If these spirits can be resurrected for even a moment of time, then its worth it. 

Only the dead can judge



In 2021, at an estate sale, I came across a box filled with over 100 tintype photos from 1800's. These were all taken in New Orleans. I knew immediately that I needed to create a series of new art from these very old photos. While I am sure I'll add others in the future. The resurrection series begins with these portraits. I've posted both the original photo and the final surreal portrait. 














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