For his exhibition at SLOMA, San Luis Obispo-based artist Barry Goyette shows a series of portraits taken by a very specific mulberry tree as a site for portrait photography guided by the models, of varying stages of life. Attempting to reverse the traditional dynamics of power in portrait photographer, Goyette offers his camera in service to those he photographs, and they bring their own props, costumes, and stories – with the beloved mulberry tree as a key motif in all the images. Utilizing aging techniques in photography, Goyette seeks to activate slower ways of looking in the history of the medium.
About the Artist
Raised in California and based in San Luis Obispo, Barry Goyette specializes in photographing people for advertising, and has expertise in a broad range of video and design services for a diverse clientele. Known for bringing a sophisticated, story-driven point of view to both his personal and commercial projects, Goyette has distinguished himself as a creator of unique, client-specific imagery for over 25 years.