THE RIVER OF FACES MARK KIMBER
These images are inspired by the Spirit Photography of the 19th and early 20th century. Spiritualism needed legitimisation, photography provided it in its ability to present an image of what took place; to say “this happened” (at least it appeared to) making it a powerful partner, one that would bestow the credibility of this new “science” on the ephemeral, giving shape and time to the transient experience. Back then this practice was both a cruel deception and for some a source of peace and resolution. The photographic techniques are mostly made in camera as they were back then, but with some modern software assistance and the update of colour.
The belief is gone but the theatre of it remains. The recent death of my brother has led me to finding some solace in making these photographs. I understand the longing at the expense of the truth.
- Mark Kimber, 2018