A Free Veterans Day Photography Exhibition


at Heyworth’s Carl E. Miller American Legion Post 624

203 East Main Street, Heyworth, Illinois


November 11, 2017 from 1 - 4 pm; Artist Talk at 3 pm



Richard Gray / Veteran Portrait Project


Richard Gray’s photography incorporates the use of industrial and scientific image-capture technologies to redefine the genre of the photographic portrait. He has used

microscopes to photograph human cell tissues in pathology labs, and more recently,

thermal cameras to image one’s likeness without the aid of conventional lighting.

Gray’s newest project utilizes a thermal camera to produce portraits of U.S. military veterans living in St. Joseph County, Indiana. The project builds upon a series of previous portrait work titled 98.6, named for the normal body temperature of humans. His camera, which is typically used for industrial applications, records the image of one’s body heat, revealing unseen levels of

physical detail not available through human sight. These “subvisible” thermal portraits present an enigmatic trace of one’s existence, personal and intimate,

revealing appearances that are profoundly unique and individualized. The heat image offers a metaphorical link between the sitter’s likeness, and the incredible bundle of personal and emotional experiences associated with military service.


Richard Gray is associate professor, and chairperson of the Department of Art, Art History & Design at the University of Notre Dame.


This exhibition is sponsored by HeART Arts Council and the Heyworth American Legion Post 625


For more information, contact Tom Haynes 309 824 9611 or tshayne@ilstu.edu.


  • Occurred Saturday, November 11th, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Thomas Haynes

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