The images of nude models, couples and a cross-dressed artist are inter-mingled with photographs of nature. Grouped into multiple series that represent the Cave and the Garden, the Hotel, the Cabaret, and the Consipiracy, these images function to take the viewer into the darkness of the subconscious. The cave and the abyss are historically identified by literature as transformative, where the hero confronts the unfamiliar and emerges a stronger man in the narrative. The garden is historically a lure, where the sirens reside to seduce the hero.
Best's work utilizes instant prints, amateur models, and himself as an amateur cross-dresser to create the antithesis of the heroic photographer: the narcissistic voyeur. The viewer is taken into the Garden, seduced by the imagery, and left at the gateway of a strange paranoid dream.
Event photo: "The Conspiracy" /Instant Print/ 10.5cm x 9cm/ 2017
by Tim Best, Photographer
Visiting from Dallas, Texas