The TAYLOR WESSING PORTRAIT PRIZE 2016 is finally here! The exhibition opened this morning and will be at the National Portrait Gallery until 26 February before touring across the UK. The portrait you can see up there — it's called WING and is part of a series I'm currently working on called "Boy In Amber" — will be among the 57 photographs selected by the judges out of the 4303 images entered in the competition this year. I am overwhelmed. This is the curator's caption:
« Forin photographed his partner, Juan David Serna, in Rotherhithe, south-East London. Serna appears frozen in a moment of carefree reverie. The photograph captures an instance of perfect balance, the horizon line between ground and sky intersecting hid body at the waistline of his trousers. »
It makes me happy to know the judges chose this particular photograph among the four I sent them. It is a special one. They say that, in order to take a good portrait of someone, you have to look in their eyes carefully and see if you can find your own reflection there. That's what I think me and Juan managed to do in that moment. When I look at WING I don't see him, I see us.