Glass Houses: Kalliope Amorphous
“I am not a photographer or a narcissist, but a performance artist with a camera.” – Kalliope Amorphous
Earlier this week, we received an email from a visual artist named Kalliope Amorphous, introducing herself to us and asking if we might be interested in sharing her work on Faded + Blurred. It took seeing only a few of her haunting, conceptual self-portraits for both Nikki and I to become fans. Kalliope calls herself “a visual artist working with conceptual and experimental self-portrait photography.” Acting as her own model, stylist, and makeup artist, while impressive, also gives her a tremendous amount of creative freedom, a freedom she uses to explore the parts of ourselves that we so often keep hidden beneath the surface of our chosen personas.
We asked Kalliope what her inspiration was for the fantastic images in her Glass Houses series, and this is what she had to say: “I really love the spontaneous, challenging and unpredictable nature of working with these materials. I was very inspired by some of the work André Kertész created in the 1930s using in-camera distortion via mirrors. In the 1960s, Ira Cohen did some incredible work using reflective film as well. It’s not something that I have seen used in contemporary fine art photography, but it is an incredibly magical technique that I felt pulled to resurrect. I am still working on the project and hope to add more images to the series.” We love that she is letting such early works of Kertész (who, coincidentally, was our Photographer of the Week on episode #4 of On Taking Pictures) inform her own work, and is even staying true to the methods in which Kertész created his photographs. “All of the effects for the series were created in camera using distortion mirrors and reflective films,” Kalliope says, “The only post processing used are basic adjustments in contrast and color. I really enjoy creating effects in-camera and I am constantly exploring new techniques to achieve this (stroboscopy, handmade lens attachments, in-camera distortion). “
We would like to thank Kalliope for reaching out to us and invite you to visit her site to see more of her amazing photography.
[via Kalliope Amorphous]