Reminiscent of portrait sitting sessions, Demme shoots her subjects in her Atwater studio. The individuals photographed range from family, friends to strangers chosen from the street. The process of each portrait is a lengthy session that utilizes Demme’s love for all things “old”, whether it be clothes, furniture or simple objects, all the photographs use only things from Amanda’s personal collection from a lifetime of collecting items she is drawn to. Upon entering her studio, which is almost hermetic and has the energy of a mad scientist lab, the subjects are transformed personally by Demme. Often sessions happen spontaneously when she is inspired by a moment, a shape, a color or a movement by the person she is sitting with or observing. The results are portraits that let us feel like we are looking in from afar experiencing a quiet intimate moment from another time. Ranging from regret, isolation, abandonment, indifference, defeat; all of them strangely proud. Each subject unaware that they are individuals that have inspired and allowed Demme to channel herself into them... something she calls “momentary reincarnation.”

 

We had our first show with Demme in May 2013.