Lens of Self

By: Gustav Hoiland

Sep 17 2011

Category: self portrait

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Focal Length:17mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Wide Perception

Something about this reminds me of the Matrix, the flick of Keaneu Revean glory from the early two-thousands. This great mechanical eye, peering into the self. I recall these metal octopusian creatures that hunted their ship, instilled fear in them, introspected their very beings.

The biggest takeaway from this image for me is that this is precisely what I subject many of my subjects to. This process subjectory subjuctation (?) or overall photographic style. If the  photograph is to be made, an imposing lens must be pushed into it. To intrude into whatever genuinity that is possessed at some point.

How can what is seen here evoke real emotions from a subject? There is no humour, no intimacy, no human characteristics about it. It is this brutal geometry of black shape, this augmented circle that makes clicking sounds and forever takes what is in front of it into two dimensions. As an occasional model to others’ camera I feel this deeply.

Such aggression. Something to comtemplate.

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