Photography as a Myth | 2004

Every photograph takes a moment from one world and translates it into another. Once taken, the photograph is afflicted by death, bereft of time and movement; yet, it enters to a new time-bound world. Myth is a message from the past to the present, recurring perpetually. Photography takes a message from the past and makes it resonate with the present; as if with each viewing (each time we return to an artwork), it recycles itself. In the series, “Photography as Myth,” the photographer is an onlooker who probes the past (i.e. the culture) from an orifice (i.e. the camera), which is a vehicle for inquiry. The result is personified in the photograph. The ambiences are mute and mysterious. They are reincarnated into a new existence through photography.


Mehrdad Afsari