photographing without it

this and last year i spent a lot of time with breno, a photographer friend of mine, from sao paulo. and it happened that we did a bunch of things together. it is always a nice exercise, to do something related to photography without necessarily taking a picture, wether it is writing, or posing, or taking pictures that doesn’t belong to me.

the things i did with breno were very exciting for my brain, and even though i have the feeling he is miles ahead, so far away i cannot see where he’s going to, i realized that even not photographing a photo is something related to what i’m interested in, when i photograph (i sound like a crack addict hahaha).

this video we did ages ago, drinking wine and talking about marriage on my old flat in sao paulo. i particularly like the narratives created by breno, in which the viewer’s comfort zone is blurred, and even though asking wether it is staged or not is always a nice question to be done, most of times you get close to nothing. no clue.

it is also nice to be close to my arty-farty friends hahaha to refresh my eyes, because in school we end up being more reportage orientated.

we exchanged a couple of emails about the video, and i feel very bad to translate it here, because the most charming thing of them is the fact we write in disgusting-disrespecting-grammar portuguese hahaha

1.
From: Adelaide Ivanova
Date: December 19, 2011 17:35
Subject: two lines
To: Breno Rotatori

breno, i want to write a post about what we did this year. sends a couple of lines to me, describing the video we did? i have my opinion about it, but i want to know your intention.

thanx
kiss
ivi

2.
From: Breno Rotatori
Date: December 23, 2011 13:25
Subject: Re: two lines
To: Adelaide Ivanova

the thing is, i am interested in embodiment that one creates for himself. we are a mix of creations that we made for the others. the fact your name comes from a fictional character* opens another possibility of interpretation. i particularly like the fact that the timing of this portrait is the same timing of Russian literature, where your name came from.

*from dostoievski’s “brothers karamazov”

3.
From: Adelaide Ivanova
Date: December 23, 2011 14:35
Subject: Re: two lines
To: Breno Rotatori

have you heard that the name of that disease, multiple personality disorder, was renamed to dissociative identity disorder?  it is not the personality that is multiple, it is one, but with many facets. i found it more clever, this new name. i’m obsessed with this idea, thinking that the person has within himself various actresses. i’m jealous of that hahaha #fuckedup. i read the case of a girl that psychiatrists were able to catalog 240 persons she would impersonate!

and: the second book of dostoievski, “the double”, which through the title you can imagine that it is exactly about that, these social mechanisms that we represent and adopt and such. and i must point that the book was written before that sociologist max weber created the theory of social roles! our baby fiódor always innovating hahaha

4.
From: Breno Rotatori
Date: December 26, 2011 19:45
Subject: Re: two lines
To: Adelaide Ivanova

damn, 240 characters! that is a crazy thing. i think we all have such “disorder”, dissociative identity disorder, but some are more disordered than others. i had an idea now that we’re talking about it, i will write and send you.

i’m reading the double now! it is amazing how he manages to raise this issue as he do and at that time.

5.
From: Adelaide Ivanova
Date: December 28, 2011 15:10
Subject: Re: two lines
To: Breno Rotatori

breno, have you seen zelig, from woody allen?