Jesse's Visual Interviews ~ Japan Camera Hunter
Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Keke Looking Sad, Serious, or Gloomy All The Time
Keke and I met toward the end of my photography degree, fourteen years ago. Like all the people whom I love and spend a lot of time with, he began appearing in my photographs right from the beginning: here he is sleeping, here he is running, here he is floating. At some point, however, I picked up the idea that for a portrait to be "proper" and worthy of consideration, the person in it needed to look serious. Surely if they weren't joyous, laughing or smiling, the picture couldn't be "decent". As a result, Keke would often look sad, serious, or gloomy in the photographs, even if he wasn't feeling that way at all. How silly, I knew absolutely nothing then. Fourteen years later, it still makes us laugh.