Andrew H. Walker, a photographer at Shutterstock, decided to take an original approach to celebrity portraiture back in September during the 2016 Toronto Film Festival.
Rather than posing for the traditional portrait, Walker asked entertainers to pose for a series that depict their internal and external personas.
“I was really curious with actors because they have, not only this personal inside voice, but they have a public persona that they put out there, and they also have their private self,” Walker tells Mashable. “There’s this whole other layer of themselves as people. I found that really, really intriguing.”
“Having done this before, I know that celebrities are very guarded about their image, and so I was really nervous about how to start this and what the response was going to be,” Walker says. “I have to say, 95 percent were so willing and interested in doing something.”
This work has even being high praised by a major filmmaker!
“Oliver Stone came around the camera to check how he looked on camera,” Walker said. “And he said to me, as he was looking at the camera, ‘Oh, that’s really good lighting.’ And so it was like, Oliver Stone just complimented my lighting! That’s incredible.”
The series features 51 performers — including several Golden Globe nominees — sharing two sides of themselves for the camera.