A "Play on Decadence" series is a collection of sepia-toned portraits shot on a Graflex Super Speed Graphic 4x5 camera.
The series' theme is portraiture with an emphasis on fine art, and the portraits feature a group of characters represented as pawns on a chessboard, engaged in a match of wit against each other. Through these characters, I explore the concept of decadence and its different facets, such as vanity, sexuality, madness, degradation, and death. The aesthetic intention behind the series is to create a clear and focused project that delves into the deterioration of the moral self and to project an environment that allows viewers to experience their hidden notions and desires without acting on them.
The series is shot at The Palm Court Ballroom, in the Alexandria hotel in downtown Los Angeles, with the help of a skilled crew comprising a second camera, lighting, assistants, makeup artists, and models. The project aims to incorporate elements of installation, design, and photography to create a unique and immersive experience for the viewer.
The title of the series, "A Play on Decadence," encapsulates the themes and style of the project, which I believe will resonate with art enthusiasts and those interested in exploring the darker aspects of human nature. I am excited to showcase my work and hope it will stimulate thought, discussion, and reflection among viewers.
2nd Camera: Niko Sonnberger
Lighting: Carlos Oropeza
Assistants: Valentine Malone, Tas Limur
Makeup: Julian Weiss, Teal Druda
Costume Designers: Eirik Maribaal, Sylva Hattington, MASAI.