Four dozen photographs coat the wall and hang from the ceiling of the Huntington Beach Art Center, each one taken with a high-definition camera that coaxes out pores, wrinkles and haggard expressions.
Most, if not all, of the subjects are strangers to one another, but their lives intersected when they walked into the center on Main Street, posed before Gina Genis' camera and penned a fragment of their life story on paper.
The 48 portraits — and nearly 200 waiting to be printed — comprise an ongoing exhibit that Genis created to put a face, literally, on the recession.
The Laguna Hills resident, one of four artists taking part in the center's "Open Dialogues" show, hit upon the idea while listening to news reports about the faltering economy. Genis, whose own income has dropped in recent years, set up a camera in one of the center's galleries and has kept busy since the show opened March 1.