Try purple without blue
In this series I try to explore the concept of documentary photography, as an extension of the self. The photos spring from a mix of questions: are images our lives? Is our vision of life formed by the habit of documenting? Does our routine immersion in images blunt or refine our perception of reality?
For the first time I started experimenting with staged photography, asking friends, fellow students and family to pose in extern artificial light. I wanted the models to be very natural in my photos, not afraid of themselves. The series is simultaneously anonymous and biographical.
I experimented with multiple forms of imaging, ranging from intimate portraits, feminist expressions and erotic diaries, to dreamy landscapes and decayed architecture. Eventually I combined all these pictures to tell a personal story about unrequited love. The way in which one stages things to match the character of her beloved seems to fit perfectly with the plotted character of some of the photographs. I found a text by Roland Barthes, underlining this photo series.
“Am I in love? --yes, since I am waiting. The other one never waits. Sometimes I want to play the part of the one who doesn't wait; I try to busy myself elsewhere, to arrive late; but I always lose at this game. Whatever I do, I find myself there, with nothing to do, punctual, even ahead of time. The lover's fatal identity is precisely this: I am the one who waits.”
- Roland Barthes
This series has been released in an equally named book, published in the spring of 2017.