Pleasures and Terrors of Kissing

Pleasures and Terrors of Kissing began with a dream I had in which a couple was kissing as one of them stared at me. This vision haunted me for some time until I was moved to initiate a project about kissing.

Also inspired by autobiographical concerns and the dense historical archive of photographs about kissing such as Robert Doisneau’s iconic work of 1950, Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville (Kiss at the Hotel de Ville), Paris, Fourth Arrondissement, I have experienced unforgettable adventures in working on this project.

Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville (Kiss at the Hotel de Ville), Paris, Fourth Arrondissement, 1950, by Robert Doisneau

Often, I am drawn to projects the subjects of which could easily devolve into cliché. I enjoy the challenge of creating memorable photographs while dealing with overworked themes such as kissing. My strategy for attempting to make compelling and indelible photographs of kissing is to construct pictures characterized by unpredictability.

Following are photographs from my series, Pleasures and Terrors of Kissing, that are not included on my website.