We hide secrets. We have secrets inside, deep in ourselves; maybe it’s a thought, maybe it’s a moment, a dream, a desire… It’s so immersed inside that sometimes we don’t even realize it’s there. The mind is complex, the heart is complex, and in between lie time and memories carried by our being. Only we lighten our memories by thinking them, dreaming them, sharing them. The light of these moments irradiates through our surroundings, our conversations, our laughs, our gatherings with friends...
But this soft blueish light is shy and frosty. It’s a light that dies before it could cross the thick darkness that surrounds some of our feelings and thoughts; not even the smallest glimmer could escape.
Humans, each and everyone. We incarnate our biological pattern, our nature is adjusted and altered by the contact of society and the environment. Like ADN, we conserve the mark that records our path.
Every mark is different: we share feelings and sensations, but that doesn’t mean that we are the same way. We have the same mechanism but we don’t fabricate the same fabric. That’s why everyone is unique inside this shared psychological and physiological similarity.
Dissimilarities are far more valuable. They’re the way in which we assimilate every moment and how they mold us. It’s the way in which we fight or perhaps not fight for our big little secret, our “I” that only oneself can appreciate with one’s own viewpoint. There are some who hold it with strength, others in a more gentle way, and others simply carry it on their backs with rejection.
These are ten surreal portraits of beings personifying their own secret. All the represented individuals of this project are characterized by their facial trait, the mark: they are similar in texture and color, but not in shape. The shape expresses the authenticity of every person inside the biological affinity that we share.
We are similar but we are unique. No one will ever be able to totally discern how we are. We all share this collective discretion. This Unknown Light that we will never expose to the real world, that will die with us.
Even though I am getting into a very generic and tedious subject, it always strikes me how similar we are in the very basic roots of human nature.
This photography project is an attempt to visually translate my curiosity, my illusory idea of how we link. I have always been interested in learning and understanding other personalities. But at the same time, I know that I will never be able to grasp the completeness of a person since, as I mentioned before, I believe we all keep personal thoughts, dreams, desires, memories, etc.
On the other hand, I believe there is always an organic linkage that subconsciously connects all of us. And that’s exactly the main point of this series.
I chose subjects from completely different backgrounds who volunteered to participate and I photographed them in the same way. The most crucial moment was when I told them to hold the little prop light and try different poses. During this moment is when I noticed repetition of similar reactions, “what do I do now with this?” I directed them slightly, but most of the time I let them act freely and play with it, asking them to give me different expressions and weird poses until they found themselves comfortable. I never explained to the models the complete purpose of the photo shoot because I wanted to capture that natural confusion and adaptedness. This allowed me to capture a personal and unique look for each one.
The result are eleven photos that reiterate the idea of how different but similar we are at the same time.