The One, The Camera,
There are roles we play in front of and behind the camera. There are power relations that take place when a camera enters a scene. Within the framework of a photo session is usually created an invisible bubble in which playful investigation takes place. Simultaneously power, submission and dominance are also topics being negotiated between every single picture. More than merely being the medium for an artistic process, the camera becomes a mediator for these social relations.
Photographs can reveal something about both the subject and the photographer. But when photographed, the subject of the photography seldom gets to have say in how she/he experiences the photographer or the photo shoot, just like we rarely see how the the photos came into being.
In this particular case, the photographed subject was asked to take off her shirt for the shoot and as she was not too thrilled about this suggestion (let alone pissed off), she turned her own camera against the photographer in an attempt to blur and mirror his actions and to regain control with how she wanted to be represented in the photos.
As a result, the collective footage (video and photography) reveals an impossible fight over who owns the right to the gaze and becomes a double-mirrored portrait in which no-one actually gets to present themselves. They are presented as seen by the person they are making footage of.
In Video1, Ravels pompous Boléro presents the photographer on a silver platter for you to look at and also illustrates the particular kind of dance and battle that takes place between the two people that are at the same time camera holders and each others subjects.
Video2 is centered around the facial gestures and expressions of a photographer, captured in a delicate situation without his camera.
The photographer’s view of the photoshoot can be seen here and here