Alumni Art Exhibition 2021 - Michael Dirlam

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A young girl in gauzy clothes

Billie Eilish (Promotional Image), 2016
Archival Inkjet Print
8.5 x 11 inches

A woman in glittery makeup

Grace (Color in Times of Covid), 2020
Archival Inkjet Print
8.5 x 11 inches

A girl's face covered by hands with nail polish

Mallory Veith (Beauty of Gold for Cherry Magazine), 2018
Archival Inkjet Print
8.5 x 11 inches

I make art in order to capture the essence of who a person is and what it is that makes other people so curious about them both physically and emotionally. My art form is allowing myself to creatively express through the photographic medium that in which I find inherent in all of humanity. That is, the idea of communication through a subject's expression, beginning with the gaze in their eyes, the subtle or crooked smile and even through their posture. These traits are completely and singularly theirs that they own, somewhat like a fingerprint. Everyone has them, but no one has the same print. Its these individual traits that I'm completely obsessed with and pursue to capture in every single sitting.

Michael Dirlam holds a BA in Photography at Texas A&M. Michael focused his art towards photography, specifically beauty and portraiture photography. He has photographed for countless magazines and has captured the likes of singer Billie Eilish, actor Nathaniel Potvin, actor Trevor Stines and others.