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Horvat's hands

23.05.2013 - 27.07.2013

Horvat's hands

23.05.2013 - 27.07.2013

Horvat's hands

23.05.2013 - 27.07.2013

ABOUT

"I almost prefer photographing hands to faces. Our facial expressions are a code we use in our interactions with people close to us, but also with those who don’t speak our language and even with creatures of other species—our pets, for instance. They are instruments for manipulating others—a skill we learn early in life. Even an infant can get what they unconsciously desire through a smile or a grimace.

That's why I sometimes tease some of my colleagues who believe they are 'establishing a connection with their subject' or, better yet, 'revealing their truth' by asking them to stare intensely into the lens. As if the expressions in our eyes—or the attitudes of our lips, the inflections of our necks, jaws, or the lines on our faces—aren't the arsenal of all our deceptions!

I believe I reveal much more by photographing the back of a person, and even more so their hands—organs that speak volumes without the person who owns them controlling them, and especially without them precisely knowing what they express. In short, I prefer photographing manifestations through which I don't feel manipulated (as I might by the expressions on a face).

But photographing my own hands, that's another story... Sometimes I study them closely, partly because they are sometimes (for instance when I wake up) the first thing I see. And also because when they touch or come together, they remind me of the meeting of two people. But mostly because they are both parts of me and objects of my gaze, and as Montaigne said, nothing is more interesting than the study of ourselves. In addition, they speak to me, more eloquently than I would like, about my age and the decay it brings, and this discourse cannot leave me indifferent.

But what seems most remarkable to me is the photographic situation that results from this: I am both the photographer and the model, the director and the actor, the voyeur and the prey—I observe myself from the outside and direct myself from within. Or better yet: I manipulate myself.

This acrobatics became possible thanks to my digital compact camera, used in 'self-timer' mode and placed on a mini tripod, halfway between my eyes and my hands. Because my problem is that I would need a third hand. I could ask for help from someone else, but I value the intimacy with my subject. I tried a soft trigger operated by my teeth—but they lack the delicacy of a finger. I thought about using Wi-Fi—but couldn’t find what I needed. So, I ended up resorting to a somewhat laborious process: first finding a good position for my fingers, then trying to remember it, then using my right hand to trigger the self-timer, and finally using the ten seconds left to put my hand back in a position as similar as possible to the one I found.
It doesn’t always work out, but sometimes my mistakes have led to pleasant surprises."
-Frank Horvat

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ABOUT

"I almost prefer photographing hands to faces. Our facial expressions are a code we use in our interactions with people close to us, but also with those who don’t speak our language and even with creatures of other species—our pets, for instance. They are instruments for manipulating others—a skill we learn early in life. Even an infant can get what they unconsciously desire through a smile or a grimace.

That's why I sometimes tease some of my colleagues who believe they are 'establishing a connection with their subject' or, better yet, 'revealing their truth' by asking them to stare intensely into the lens. As if the expressions in our eyes—or the attitudes of our lips, the inflections of our necks, jaws, or the lines on our faces—aren't the arsenal of all our deceptions!

I believe I reveal much more by photographing the back of a person, and even more so their hands—organs that speak volumes without the person who owns them controlling them, and especially without them precisely knowing what they express. In short, I prefer photographing manifestations through which I don't feel manipulated (as I might by the expressions on a face).

But photographing my own hands, that's another story... Sometimes I study them closely, partly because they are sometimes (for instance when I wake up) the first thing I see. And also because when they touch or come together, they remind me of the meeting of two people. But mostly because they are both parts of me and objects of my gaze, and as Montaigne said, nothing is more interesting than the study of ourselves. In addition, they speak to me, more eloquently than I would like, about my age and the decay it brings, and this discourse cannot leave me indifferent.

But what seems most remarkable to me is the photographic situation that results from this: I am both the photographer and the model, the director and the actor, the voyeur and the prey—I observe myself from the outside and direct myself from within. Or better yet: I manipulate myself.

This acrobatics became possible thanks to my digital compact camera, used in 'self-timer' mode and placed on a mini tripod, halfway between my eyes and my hands. Because my problem is that I would need a third hand. I could ask for help from someone else, but I value the intimacy with my subject. I tried a soft trigger operated by my teeth—but they lack the delicacy of a finger. I thought about using Wi-Fi—but couldn’t find what I needed. So, I ended up resorting to a somewhat laborious process: first finding a good position for my fingers, then trying to remember it, then using my right hand to trigger the self-timer, and finally using the ten seconds left to put my hand back in a position as similar as possible to the one I found.
It doesn’t always work out, but sometimes my mistakes have led to pleasant surprises."
-Frank Horvat

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