A New York City photographer is turning back the hands of time with her camera, all in an effort to keep the art of portraiture alive. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Instead of asking her subjects to say cheese New York artist Caroll Taveras is trying to capture a full belly laugh.
"It’s just about a spirit of letting go and having fun, you know, it’s that deep, deep laughter that people rarely let themselves experience," says Taveras.
Taveras has done portrait and collage portraits around the world including at the London olympics. The setup at Underine Gallery on 14th Street is called The Laughing Portrait, and it's working.
"I’m very loud and obnoxious when I laugh, and I am all over the place, hands clapping, down on the floor, basically," says one participant.
But it's serious too. As Caroll tries to preserve portraiture it's art and intimacy in this age of the quick cell phone picture.
Co-workers Alan Linn and Camille Parson from the Norwood Club across the street had an easy time getting into the spirit. And Alan helped inspire the idea.
"When you see photographs they are always very serious and I said we should do something funny, just see people laugh for once because it’s such a serious world, and Caroll took it and ran with it," says Linn.
"I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into and it’s really kind of neat to see the project unfold," says Parson.
Now it is true what they say, laughter is contagious, but not to worry, if you think you won’t be laughing Caroll has lot of tricks up her sleeve.
"We do a few jokes, a little offensive stuff, maybe not, and, you know, I have people, maybe, tell jokes they like, and that usually gets them going," says Taveras.
The cost for a sitting is $50 which can be used towards purchase of a full size print, which costs $150. All of the photographs will be printed and added to the exhibit on display through May 16.