Artist Spotlight: Vincent Keith

The founder of the online magazine Mascular shows the power and mystery of a man's face in his portraits.

BY Christopher Harrity

January 25 2014 5:00 AM ET

Vincent Keith of Mascular makes portraits that look like an open window. He says:

"Portraitists tend to fall into two categories, those trying to reveal what is hidden and those who try to highlight what is there. I fall into the latter category. I think everything about a character is there to see — plainly. It's just knowing how to look. My objective in taking a portrait is not to 'get behind the veneer' — I question if that is indeed possible or desirable. Do we really see 'truth'? Most people I photograph have no idea what they look like. When you picture yourself in your mind, do you look like the person in the mirror? I certainly don't. A good portrait is a beautiful thing. This may be why I find portraiture the most rewarding area of photography."

Mike M.

See more of Vincent Keith's work here, and read about his great online magazine, Mascular, here.

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