ALPHA ATION Walter & Zoniel’s Alpha Ation project uses a colossal hand-built camera characterized by a brass lens from the 1850’s to produce an exclusive portrait, somewhat akin to a giant polaroid. The images are shot directly onto positive paper so each artwork has no negative or possibility of reproduction. They are then intricately hand-coloured and gilded in the artists’ personal style, ‘iconizing’ their subjects. Walter & Zoniel capture a uniquely alternative perspective of each celebrity featured, with this unusual process and exceptionally long exposure times (up to 20 seconds) an honesty and intensity of the eyes exists in each piece. The artworks themselves reflect upon the modern conceptions and uses of photography. The juxtaposing of their subjects giving an allusion to iconography against an unmasked expression of being, gives the viewer the both an intense and insightful connection to their subjects’ humanity and their exaltation as an ultra-being at the same time, opening a body of questions about our current relationships with, and proliferation of, the Portrait in modern day life.