Curtain, 2012 Digital film still
In Ingmar Bergman’s existential drama, Persona, two main characters occupy the black and white frame. One of them, an actress that has had a nervous breakdown, riddled with the terrible sense of guilt for her lack of love and affection towards her own child; the other, the nurse that is trying to help. In this film, Bergman draws on the concept of “good” and “evil”, and the conflict of human emotions towards these subjects. The characters themselves depict the state of being torn—divided in two—and abiding in a state of introspective madness.
In these stills, the figures occupy a world of black and white, moving to and fro, from being in the light, and then into the darkness. The compositions then are entirely constructed of light and dark, devoid of color, and rely on shade alone for recognition. As stills taken from a time based medium, allowing glimpses into minute details of a moving narrative, the images project beyond the seeming regularity of the acts, and reconstruct another narrative within. Here, the focus remains on the relationship between light and darkness, the interaction of light with the characters, and the trope of film itself as a constructed reality. Within the narrative of these images is the state of being divided between light and darkness, drawing on what existentialist Søren Kierkegaard called “being of two minds”. It is in this state, within the film, that the distinction between “light” and “dark”, and “good” and evil”, becomes blurred, creating a haunting, dismal reality.
Dark Figure 1, 2012 Digital film still
Dark Figure 2, 2012 Digital film still
Dark Figure 3, 2012 Digital film still
Gazer, 2012 Digital film still
Horror, 2012 Digital film still
Light & Dark, 2012 Digital film still
Off & On, 2012 Digital film still
Machine, 2012 Digital film still
Shadow, 2012 Digital film still
Sleeper, 2012 Digital film still
U.F.O, 2012 Digital film still