All images were taken in Thailand between 2010 and 2012, and form the first part of a larger body of work in progress, born out of a persistent urge to photographically confront questions regarding gender and sexuality.
“There is a clammy heat to them, like we are viewing these mysterious nymphs through bed sheets creating an almost claustrophobic sunlit ambiance. From black eyes they peer over their shoulder at us, their long hair and full lips, supple breasts and knowing otherness enticing our gaze like some tale from Sinbad. This series is not a documentary either, it isn’t about to lift the veil suggested by the cracked and washed out emulsion tones that form the photographic image. “Spleen and Ideal” is a seductive whisper, a sirens call, deliberately misleading enticement to slowly draw the viewer into the calm waters. And those of us who can feel it soon follow.”
Barry W Hughes – SMBHmag.com
Ilfochrome prints, edition of 5, image size 24X24 cm.
Spleen and Ideal was published in 2012 by Mörel Books.