Nyeja II, First Study
Nyeja was my first nude and at that time my approach was mainly formalistic, looking for the sculptural qualities that Nyeja’s graceful and strong body evoked. I was particularly interested in the linearity, tonality, and material texture of my pictures, which were carefully hand toned using selenium. Nyeja and I worked for around five years, before life and AIDS pushed him away. We had followed almost daily rituals in which he would come to my loft when the sun was hitting my windows in the right way. Then his dance would begin, under natural light and the focused lens of my camera.
The new study merges a sensibility for the material quality and depth of silver prints with the characteristic pixelation of contemporary digital photos. This conceptual shift doesn't alter the content of the image, but radically alters our perception of it, as a fluid media form that transcend time.