Lens: Voigtlander color-skopar 35mm f2.5
Camera: NEX-7, ISO400, f2, 1/80, raw
Voigtlander eyes. Nocton and skopar. 50 and 35. f1.1 and f2.5. The skopar is my right eye. It looks at the nokton, my left eye, which is looking at me. Two eyes, two lenses, two mirrors. I exist four times in this photograph. There are obviously the two me who got simultaneously portrayed. But then there’s the one who shoots, on the other side of the mirror, behind the camera and the two lenses, the one who sees and composes four worlds at the same time. And finally there’s the one who watches himself on the laptop, where all the dimensions, the planes, the views, the cuts, all get projected on a single, meaningful and tendentious frame, who can’t relate anymore with any of the others.
OK, reading Philippe Dubois is affecting me… so much that in this self portrait (which he resolves being at the very origin of painting and, hence, of photography) I’m simultaneously the three mythological pillars of photography (according to Dubois). Lost, on the other side of the mirror, in the impossible act to embrace myself, I am Narcissus; petrifying the audience with my horrifying eye, I am Medusa; mirroring the petrifying eye at myself, capturing this way the head of the Medusa, I am Perseus.
Can you believe that?