aka Robyn Renee Hasty


New Orleans is known for its spectacle, revelry and lightness of spirit, and also for its natural disasters, violence and tragedy. Costume is embraced widely, not just during Mardi-Gras, but for small occasions all year. I began to see the readiness of the city to wear masks and make light amidst a harsh and difficult environment as a transcendental practice. People's ability to momentarily relinquish hold of their lives to create a world of joyful, fantastical play was not pure flight of fancy, but deeply rooted in the physical present, at a point of great intensity where the unrestrained joy of the flesh and acknowledgement of death collide. In this work-in-progress I attempt to capture this spirit in a series of Wet-Plate Collodion portraits.

Copyright 2013

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