Brian Kyle / photographer. designer. printmaker. educator.
In the Stillness
There is usually finality in death, the invisible wisp of a last breath leaving the lungs signifies the end of existence. The departure of that last breath takes vitality and spirit with it, quivering flesh and rippling muscle is replaced with stillness and atrophy. Life is held together by breath and yet we are visual people and worship the physical as much as the metaphysical. Photography has the ability to capture a moment in time and sometimes those moments aren’t truthful. A visual record of a moment in time has the power to temporarily resurrect the dead to living, it is fleeting and inauthentic but is nonetheless a powerful reminder of the vitality and exhilarating fragility of life.
This series of illustrative portraits depicts people partially obscured by objects. At times the objects seem to define the subjects, but also create separation between the subject and the viewer. The resulting surrealistic juxtapositions hopefully stimulate questions of identity, stereotype, and self-reflection.
Salience is a project that explores projections of identity and how these projections can obfuscate reality.
All images in the series were made using the wet-plate collodion process on aluminum using a 4x5 view camera fitted with a 100+ year old brass lens.
Portraits in this series were made using the portion of instant film that is typically discarded.