OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION

“Object of Affection” explores that visualized space between the object and the person obsessed by imagining the area between self and other. This series visualizes the point where the two become indistinguishable from each other. In the Pianist, the lacquered outline of the piano frames the pianist’s body until it merges with it, mirroring the pianist’s passion for his instrument. While visually blending two recognizable entities leads a viewer to the point where differences fuse and disappear, some images challenge the viewer to make that fusion point recognizable. In the image of the pianist, you must let your eyes wander through the image before you can separate the two entities in it. Other images seem to bring you to that point accidentally, by capturing your attention with an insignificant detail. In the Bibliophile, the pages of the book are easily recognizable and draw attention to that object. By following the image of the pages, you discover the hand, the body, and eventually the face of its lover. The basis of this exploration is how to approach this space that is undefined, the place where self and other are lost. The point of interest is where the obsessed and the object become unclear. Each image provides a different way to come to that point. In the Pianist, that point is reached when you make the abstract into something more concrete. In the Bibliophile, the concrete book leads to the more diffuse. Questions that emerge relate to what it is that allows you to approach this unrecognizable point and how long can you stay there, before coming back to self. In the Massage Therapist, two bodies merge and it is not always clear whose hand is being observed. Just as in a massage session, there is an intimacy that is allowed for a brief time; in these images, you are invited into an intimate realm and allow the images to fuse together

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J & J project

J & J is part of a series called “Object of My Affection which explores that visualized space between J & J, a gay couple, by imagining the area between self and other, the point where the two become indistinguishable from each other. Questions that emerge relate to what it is that allows you to approach this unrecognizable point and how long can you stay, before coming back. Queer relationships are easily recognizable to some, but unfamiliar and foreign to others. It is that need for others to more clearly see and recognize the object, that requires participation by the viewer which leads to a greater understanding. This photographs present an impression that is vague, yet recognizable enough so that the other one may be part of the other.