Geometries of the Soul
October 11, 2016 § Leave a comment
Geometries of the Soul is an unfinished project that started unfolding itself on my Instagram account where I’ve been posting my film photos for quite a while now. I belong to a group of photographers who have been posting not just photos but also longer captions to the photos, captions of different types: sometimes comments on photography, sometimes autobiographical, and sometimes fictional texts, a few of the latter is what now evolving to this project I’ve named: Geometries of the Soul.
The usage of captions on my Instagram photos lead to an invitation from Teju Cole (himself a most inventive and inspiring user of Instagram) to participate in Documentum’s second issue: “Pictures & Words”, an issue about text and images paired together on Instagram. Documentum is “a guest-curated periodical archiving & examining the cultural ephemera of our time”, co-founded by William Boling, Dawn Kim, and Stephen Shore. Volume 1 “examines the phenomenon of Instagram through the eyes of artists, writers, and cultural thinkers.” The curators of this wonderful issue 2 that you can still purchase here were: Kate Palmer Albers, Teju Cole, Colette LaBouff, John Pilson, Jeff Sharlet and Rebecca Norris Webb!
It’s true that because of Instagram and photography I’ve been neglecting my blog and was only occasionally returning here, mostly to post a poem. I’ve never been a prolific blogger and I use Twitter and Instagram as notebooks, but the truth is, I consider this place more my own than anything else as it gives me more archival and creative opportunities than anything else. Therefore I intent to now put up also here some of the photographs and texts already published on Instagram and then use it as the main developing space for projects like the Geometries of the Soul that sometimes bear more text than the Instagram developers have thought possible, or necessary, for their space.
Geometries of the Soul consists of film photos I take and vignettes inspired by them: short descriptions of characters, their moments, their stories, and histories, short scenes or dialogues, anything that could depict their “geometrical soul-print”. To explain the birth of this project better, I’m posting here the first Instagram photo and text that ignited it, almost a month ago. I will proceed republishing in separate posts the photos and texts that have already been published so far on Instagram and thereafter I’ll keep this blog more informed and actually more in the centre of this project. I hope you’ll be inclined to follow and keep on reading.
Hard to know why something gives us pleasure, or to find out the mystery of love, why some loves mark us deeper than others, or some mistakes or events are never going to be completely overcome.
It is for sure photography and the questions of why my eyes are so pleased looking at certain images that makes me think of something one could call the geometry of the soul. Each soul is mapped by its beginnings and its ongoing trip, there’s no question about that. It has lines that meet in their own special way. A geometrical soul-print. When these lines are met by the lines of the outer world they can get deeper or be cut. In pleasure our inner landscape is palpable in a way that draws us forward, in sadness we lose our own thread and lines fade away. And still, not all of this makes sense.
(First published on my Instagram account here.)