24 May 2010
Image: Michaël Borremans. Ghost (III) (detail), 2009, oil on canvas. Photo by Peter Cox.
Flat's hard. Flat can just be . . . flat, deflated, affectless. Stillness, the same issue. Stillness can be everything, pregnant, full, ready, tense. Or boring.
The expressiveness of the nape, the back of a head.
Also with scenes. Sometimes, it really works when a major line, speech, reaction is played with the viewer only seeing the back, not the face. Brando, of course. But also Emily Watson in The Proposition.