CM: Part of Costa Picadas' photographic work involves celebrities, either as shots commissioned by magazines or taken for personal collection and research. He has created portraits of well-known personalities in the fashion and cinema industries, royal families and political figures. Picadas met Boy George at Jean Paul Gaultier fashion show in 1992 in Paris, where he was modelling as a guest. Picadas asked to photograph him on the spot, and Boy George was delighted to pose for him in two different outlooks. Both compositions are from the waist up. In the first case, he posed in a jacket and tie, but his trousers were pulled up by suspenders to the point of ridiculing the formal dress code. In the second case, he posed in a heavily embroidered country vest, wearing a tall hat and brandishing a walking stick. Both portraits blur the genders, as a comment on sex bending, for which Boy George is notorious. He wears strong lip stick and eye shadow. The photographic print is blown up to life size to facilitate dialog with the viewer. Though Picadas usually manipulates color artificially, in this case he preferred a more direct approach to his subject. He chose a pitch-black background, which is interesting because it endows the subject with dimension beyond space and time. Though the portrait has a general feeling of unreality about it, it is nevertheless natural and true to life.
[Megakles Rogakos 10/2006]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece, Athens