Tuesday, June 16, 2009
8x10 oil on canvas
You know I've always had a fascination with faces. Perhaps because of all the composite work I did or all the mug shot line-ups I used to have to compile. I even had one mug shot line-up involved in a hit and run case go all the way to the Appellate Courts because the Defense Attorney claimed it was prejudiced against his client. The State prevailed because the courts deemed the line-up was not prejudicial because it was based on the appearance of the subjects and not the race.
I used to have access to huge file drawers of mug shots for line-ups. Now all that is automated and an officer can bring up a line-up of subjects using similar descriptors. The DMV data base then gives the officers several choices to use along with the suspect's image. I found a site of mug shots and was just perusing the faces when I came across this man arrested for Obstructing an Officer. I didn't include the bloody lip and made his gaze look up a little more. He doesn't look like a suspect just because of those little tweaks now does he?