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The Intoxicated

The Intoxicated

CATEGORY: Art work

My aim was to make drunk portraits out of the context of a bar. I was looking for nuanced, honest emotions – without the self-control and self-consciousness people usually exhibit when posing in front of a camera. In these photos, this was accomplished through alcohol. People are more honest when they are under the influence. Not only in what they say, but also in how they pose. With actual alcohol running trough the subject’s veins, the contrast between the artificially lighted pictures and the honesty of the poses is the essence of this series. Before every shot I know exactly how I want to portray someone, which angle, which light and which feeling I’m looking for. Knowing that I never can find the truth in a portrait. It was new for me to lose control of my subjects. When I asked to look a little bit to the left, their head turned completely in profile. And they were talking about everything to me. So it was difficult to concentrate, because there were lots of absurd situations. Now I’m more conscious about how to photograph people, something I never gave much attention before this series. I want to go deeper into this theme about the consciousness and unconsciousness in relation to photography, but also in film.