urizen freaza

berlin, germany

    After the introduction of digital photography, many people considered analog photographic processes a dying art. Though not a self-identified revivalist, Urizen Freaza's work is participating in the re-instilled fascination with film. Freaza explains that it was not necessarily the purist aesthetic of analog photography that attracted him to the medium, but that it is instead the best tool for getting across his message.
    "In retrospect, I think I usually talk about identity and change. That's probably why most of my work is portraiture and photography and why most of it involves destroying or manipulating those portraits to make a point. One of my favorite series is ‘Bacteria’, which was born as an attempt to visualize and materialize change. I sunk the film portraits of the series in rotten meat. The chemicals produced by the meat destroyed the protective layers of the film and reacted with the pigments that form the picture. This reaction leads inevitably to the destruction and disappearance of the photos. The series is a documentation of this process, as regular scans. It deals with our fragility and with transience. Every photo is the perception of a specific state which is condemned to change. And still in that process of destruction, beauty can suddenly happen."

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