Enthusiasm Incarnate - A Cycle
Enthusiasm is at the core of what I do. Whatever the circumstances in which a photograph is taken it is both proof and result of that moment of enthusiasm, in this case more specifically my enthusiasm for (male) bodies and sex.
This selection belongs to a large and slow project I started five years ago. The form of a cycle comprised of several movements seemed the most adequate way to give this unruly collection a shape as it allows for the constant addition of new material and its (re)mixing with older photographs. Thus, each selection constitutes a movement with its own (non-linear) logic where connexions and transitions are achieved on a formal level and/or through content.
Each movement is less a definite episode than the suggestion of a certain obsession or state of mind, of memories put in a particular perspective through the combination of photographs taken at different times/places, featuring one same subject or several. A given photograph is not necessarily confined to one movement. It may, much like musical themes and motifs, reappear in a different context. The idea behind these repetitions and variations is that our memories aren't neat little portions of time or images in our mind that take on a certain shape they will retain for the rest of our lives. Rather, they are dynamic, often ambiguous entities that come and go, interact with each other, and are influenced by changes in mood, new experiences, and dreams.
First Movement: Portrait au bain
First Movement: Sleeping Beauty
Second Movement: In waiting
Second Movement: The Ritual
Second Movement: The Kiss
Second Movement: Threesome - The Offering
Second Movement: Threesome - Halftones
Second Movement: Threesome - Through the fibre of his hand
Second Movement: Sleeping Beauty
Second Movement: An Exercise in Ambivalence