“He took twelve pictures that day. Within a few days he showed me the contact sheet. ‘This one has the magic,’ he said. When I look at it now, I never see me. I see us.”
-Patti Smith, Just Kids
This project in its entirety is a personal, re-immersion into portraiture and the photographic frame. For me the analog process from studio to darkroom is a romantic process, one that is as fleeting and magical as it is tangible and timely. Film and its richness is not replicable and it doesn’t lie, even when one harnesses its illusory qualities.
After almost 2 years of not shooting film, I decided to dig around my surplus of forgotten rolls. This was inspired by my desire to quite literally document my lover, muse and boyfriend Ryan. I’m very interested in memory, and how we use and create images to somehow archive memories and our associations with moments, places and people. These final 20 images are a sum of a gentle gesture with the purpose of capturing tenderness between the subject and the photographer - How a lover sees his lover, and all of the details of his body. This is a simple labor of love, using photography as a tool for slowing down time and expressing gratitude.
The unique, one of a kind case made for the photographs is meant to preserve and archive this physical set of gelatin silver prints (5x7) as a singular unit, suggesting the potential for a stack of prints to be considered as an object itself.
Shot on 35mm 400 Fuji Neopan fim // 20, 5x7 geltain silver prints // case made of laser cut & engraved acrylic
Edition of 1