From Katy Cowan’s article at Creative Boom concerning Bill Armstrong’s latest series, “Partial Appearances”:
At first glance, it would be easy to mistake these soft images for pastel-coloured paintings. They are in fact photographs from a series by New York fine art photographer, Bill Armstrong. Entitled ‘Partial Appearances,’ it’s a “meditation on self, identity and the psychological state of in-betweenness that reflects the transitional nature of contemporary life”, as the description reads.
“Appearances may or may not be real, and half-truths are often the best one can hope for,” explains Bill, who has been shooting in colour for over 30 years. “Identity, itself, is in question as the shift from the real to the “cyber” leaves the individual in a state of flux. At the same time, once fixed ideas about gender have become fluid and open.