Becoming the PhotoPerformer

“The life of the PhotoPerformer relies on the fragility of the photograph.”

Group training

One of the most important objective of the PhotoPerformer is to develop more connection among people and transform the superficial ‘visual’ exchange into a deeper dependency and solidarity.

I firmly believe Photography is one of the cause of the contemporary society of the ‘SELF’ and the PhotoPerformer is convinced Photography can contribute to regenerate a society of the ‘OTHER’.

The shared photographic action is a beautiful manifestation of order and disorder, multiplicity and unicity.

Stunt Training

The PhotoPerformer underwent professional stunt trainings. The stunt like the cameramen shares the “being invisible and anonymous” position but their presence and skill are irreplaceable and essential for the success of the result. The aim of the training was to merge the two roles in one and create a stunt cameramen. The juxtaposition of the physical with the fictional the unicity of the risk with the repetition in the process made this experiment very stimulated and encouraged more development.

Here a small clip of the PhotoPerformer/Police/Hunter:


 

Can the PhotoPerformer reach stillness and movement at the same time?

Well, this particular exercise of jumping from tall structure seemed to have resolved the problem: while in the air the PhotoPerformer was aiming at immobility.

As you can imagine… more experiments need to be done on this front.

Photo Balance

The PhotoPerformer is mixing a series of techniques: Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Pilates and Animal Flow with the aim to find balance.

Can photography help to blur the external and sharp the internal?

Can photography alter prospective and trigger more imagination?

Holding a camera with one hand already provoke a shift on balance but our body can compensate.

A steady body can more easily create moving images.

By the way… it is by loosing balance that you can find balance…

PhotoPerformer likes to mix concepts of balance with focus.

Becoming The PhotoPerformer

Following the  Brazilian anthropologist Viveiros de Castro’s concept of the ‘Fabricated Body’ (1979), the specific aim of this project/research is to spend a considerable amount of time as The PhotoPerformer in order to alter my consciousness and document the process of transformation.

The PhotoPerformer is creating a special training (also viewed as live performances…) so to energise the body, strengthen the mind and invigorate the emotions.

 

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Looking through the camera is equal looking at a distorted image of the world… The PhotoPerformer is totally aware of it and he is exercising with the camera to reach back a sense of authenticity.

Privileging the action to the image is like freeing photography from the program inbuilt in any digital camera.

The union of the Body Camera with the Body Human is a total absurdity! But who said absurdity should not be reached and celebrated…

Ultimately the function of all these exercises is to honour the unexpected, the fragile, the doubt, the irony and most for all the Imaginal.

Can the camera allow us to strengthen a connection with our bodies?

Is it by breaking the program of the camera that we can stop controlling our bodies?