Heart of Man: A Metamorposis
"Heart of Man" is a series of metamorphosing male figures struggling with good and evil in the tumultuous state of being human.
In 1984 weary of photographing on assignment and heavy with the suffering of others, I needed a vacation and the freedom to create without the moral responsibility of the social documentary.
With the luck of an artist's residency at The MacDowell Colony in the woods of New Hampshire, I was given time and support to create new work.
I planned an abstract series working with my collection of one hundred dried Avocado seeds. Like the human being I was awed by the diversity of these seeds. With a case of Polaroid Type 55 film, a 4 x 5 Wista Field camera, I worked through the process, until I met a man that led me in a different direction. He triggered an inner memory and fear of the secretive, beastly and cruel other side of the human being. He became the muse and sometimes model for this work.
The creative process is quite powerful and mysterious, leading me to consider that my series "Heart of Man" was influenced by the latent interior leftovers from the trauma of photographing severely disabled people at Goldwater Memorial Hospital.