“When is a mouth an asshole? How do we know when something ends and something else begins?
Traditional darkroom photography, like clay, requires fixing a material that is otherwise inherently malleable. A moment in time, destined to be lost forever, is decisively arrested on the negative by the action of the shutter. This capture of fleeting appearance accounts for photography’s indexical nature, its eternal betrothal to the Real.
Photographic images are inconceivable without this process of capture. As photographs, Chris Curreri’s Kiss Portfolio partakes in this process of capturing a real event in time – the act of two men kissing for the camera. But for the viewer encountering the work, something else happens that unfixes what was previously arrested with such perfection.
Image Credit: Chris Curreri, Kiss Portfolio, 2016