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Beyond the Drama

Academic journal article Afterimage

Beyond the Drama

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I knock on the door. A couple of unfamiliar faces appear before me. We shake hands; I enter. I look around the apartment with intent and persistence. Masked in small talk, the questions I ask them touch on sensitive matters--about love, about achieving happiness. How do they let go of a comfortable, even selfish solitude and summon the courage to fade away in someone else's needs and desires? Or do they fade away? These people stand in my frame, bright and independent... yet so tuned into each other. Alas, the nuances of loving are many.

In Beyond The Drama, I examine young love and relationships in the queer community of Montreal, Canada. I found the people portrayed in the series on a quest to uncover diverse representations of textured interpersonal dynamics. The majority of the people in the series are unknown to me personally. The photographic scenes unfold in their private homes, which I light up as studios. Bare and exposed by the revealing lighting, the details in the environment are fleshed out for the viewer to investigate. Full of material dynamics, the homes I visit are like clusters of opportunities that I reshuffle and rearrange until the storytelling can be carried through the visual narrative. …

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