Death by Kino
This ‘Cinegraph’ is self-referential and personal to me. For many years now I have felt rather violated by having my photograph taken. The knowledge that someone had captured my image in a way I have never seen myself before, while being unable to attain it, was unnerving. With each shutter closure I was being turned into a commodity and becoming, somehow, symbolically possessed.
In this composition, I myself am being photographed by friend and photographer Josh Gallo. It was a nerve-racking, soul invasive experience for me. As the all seeing Kino flashed his eye at my body he consumed my every move. This ‘cinegraph’ shows my soul being vacumed into the camera’s lens, leaving my body empty and lifeless. The glow of light is usurped by flying moths, who decay the glamour of being gazed at by the camera.
Regardless of my own persoal difficulties being photographed, it was a priviledge to collaborate with Josh and to develop my composition through someone else’s eyes.