Artist Blog

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Emotion Embodied

Nov 16, 2022 - Alena Schmick

For Love Crash I asked couples to fight in front of my camera. Two loving bodies in a narrow space, in an even narrower frame. Their power and intensity rupture the frame. The protective boundaries of their bodies, the skin, merge together. The ultimate boundary of the body, death, is also present in the images, as brutality becomes visible. It is an interplay of opposites: love and violence, repulsion and attraction, softness and severity, movement and sculpture. 


I work as a portrait photographer. The face, the eyes, the mouth, it’s said these show the character of a person. But how much emotion and truthfulness would unfold if I took photographs of the naked bodies of artists, actors, politicians, scientists, and hid their faces?