About this artwork
There is a delicacy and an uncomfortable sense of voyeurism to this image that shows two brothers, topless and apparently asleep outdoors. In using a long-focus lens, Vermandel gives the impression of being much closer to the subjects than she would have really been. The image is part of a series called ‘Splinter’, which is concerned with capturing aspects of everyday life, drawing attention to them and encouraging the viewer to consider them in new ways. Here, the figure with his back to the camera subtly rests his hand on the other figure’s arm creating a curving composition. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the details of the photograph (who are the figures and where it was taken for example) the tranquillity and vulnerability of their sleep is absorbing.
- title: Brothers, Heath
- accession number: PGP 780.5
- artist: Eva VermandelBelgian (born 1974)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Inkjet on Photorag
- date created: July 2006
- measurements: 36.90 x 29.90 cm
- credit line: Acquired 2013
- copyright: © Eva Vermandel
Born in Belgium, Vermandel studied graphic design at the Royal College of Art, Ghent. In 1996 she moved to London and began to receive commissions from magazines ‘The Wire’ and ‘Time Out’. As her success grew her work has become more widely published, featuring regularly in the likes of the ‘Telegraph’ and ‘Independent’ magazine supplements and the ‘New York Times Magazine’. Vermandel’s work is characterised by a stillness – her portraits capture the sitters in a moment suspended in time.