“A Singular Mass” is a series of photographs that for us evoke our more primal states of being.
A single individual, immersed and identifying in a vibrant crowd, grows uninhibited and yields to the pulse which the mass itself generates.
In a public event of charged participation, a protected space seems to appear where the power of the collective experience creates or triggers profound aspects of ones inner self.
The mass liberates and hides, it creates a temporal zone and within that space the character of each individual is intensified and transfigured by the participation of other singles. The expressive strength of the crowd can display many faces, ferocious, ecstatic, joyous or aggressive.
Exploring this terrain of no man’s land, where every single gesture is amplified, we went about capturing and isolating moments which most represent these states of being.
Witnessing the tension of these scenes, we were reminded of, and then inspired by neoclassical works like the battles of Jacques Louis David, Delacroix’s historical reenactments, but also, and perhaps more importantly, works of Caravaggio like The taking of Christ.