Casey Moore Flyercaseymooreblog:
I’m showing a selection of portraits in a group show at the Calm Photography Movement exhibition in the Getty Gallery in London.
lost one of my best friends in my early 20’s when he took his own life. There were warning signs but I was not equipped with a deep enough understanding of where he was at to be able to help him. Suicide is now the largest cause of death in men under the age of 45 in the UK and is on the rise. I want to bring awareness to the need for men to come together and share their experiences and concerns and this lead me to connect with abandofbrothers.
abandofbrothers is an organisation which takes young men (18 – 25) who are in crisis, often leaving the prison system and exposes them to mature male role models through a unique ‘right of passage’ journey. The mental health and wellbeing of the young men who go through the programme and the volunteers who support them is profoundly positively effected.
For the portraits, the men sit in front of a two-way mirror with a 10×8 camera behind it. After explaining how it would work I left the room and they are free to look at their own reflection and trigger the camera in their own time by using a cable release under their feet.
I did not have any idea what had taken place until the films are later developed in my darkroom.
The negatives are then printed on to silver gelatin fibre based paper, and gold and selenium toned. I shot 10×8 large format as I wanted there to be as much of the integrity of the person present in the final print as possible and I reversed the negatives so that we only see the exact image that the subjects saw in the mirror; their mirror image.
The exhibition is on until the 19th May – www.calm.photography & www.gettyimagesgallery.co.uk and the images are available by auction – https://galabid.com/auction/tcpm – all funds going to CALM. To read more about abandofbrothers – www.abandofbrothers.org.uk
Casey Moore’s Blog on his participation with The Calm Photography Movement and his project, ‘Man Now’. He was recently interviewed for CALMzine about his work and how he “reinvented” the selfie. It’s a fascinating and powerful project for which we are very grateful he shared with us. Read the article via CALM here