I recycle images. Certain photo's I stage are attempts to invoke particular emotions. One cycle of imagery I often return to could be described as personal mythologies. Rusi is a traditional Thai mythologic figure I've returned to because over the last year I have become less than satisfied with my original attempt. I've been experimenting with the 'despair' image although I have used it in the past in what I would describe as a satire piece, 'Ode to Dr. Strange'.
The piece is based on a page from an old Dr. Strange comic book. I staged photo's of myself in similar poses of the main character. Ultimately I came up with kind of a campy piece; but not really in the vein of the direction I was pursuing. Still, I felt I had a compelling image (at least one with some future possibility) sitting in the hard drive. So the image may have more than one life; it may find new context in Rusi. Or, I may have to keep exploring what my role or reaction would be in meeting the hermit that knows everything about you.