The Senator


This is such a simple portrait of Elmo – a Western lowland Silverback gorilla. The photograph makes no claim to be anything else than a facial study. The flat lighting helps elevate the textural detail, and its simplicity is its strength. With less facial hair – especially on the forehead than a mountain gorilla and narrower bone structures- they look more like humans than their cousins from higher altitudes. They are very firmly on the anthropologist’s road map.

The photograph could be a painting by a Dutch master, and the gorilla himself reminds me of some people I know – mostly people in authority. There is a calm wisdom, a steely fortitude and a whiff of sovereignty. He is a Senator – a man representing his people.


Medium: Archival Pigment Print
LARGE: Edition of 12 + 3 AP
  • Image Size: 56” x 84” in (142.24 cm x 213.4 cm)
  • Framed Image: 71” x 99” in (180.34 cm x 251.5 cm)
STANDARD: Edition of 12 + 3  AP
  • Image Size: 37” x 56” in (93.98 cm x 142.2 cm)
  • Framed Image: 52” x 71” (132.08 cm x 180.3 cm)

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