My move to New York made me feel, more than anywhere else, overwhelmed by the complexity of life, by the numberless events that are constantly unlashing, and how various they can be. As I walk somedays, I look around me, trying to quantify them. The impossibility of such task is what led me to the making of this series.
When I first thought about using double exposures, I realized that the classical method of this technique (two images one on top of the other) wasn't appropiate; in my mind, all these events looked like layers, backdrops from a theater play (the colossal theater of life). Therefore, the two images had to be shown separately, but still in the same frame. Also, this had to be done directly on the negatives, in camera, without the use of any photo editing software.
To be able to do that, I made up a mechanism that allows me to divide the frame in two, and expose two different, independent scenes. This simple mechanism constists of a lens cap that is cut in half, so it covers half of the frame. I first expose the left side of the film, and once the roll is over, I put it back in camera and expose the right. To help me remember what was exposed on each frame, I do little sketches of the scenes.
Looking at how the images came out, the same overwhelming feeling comes back to me, as my brain is unable to read them as one, at once; my eyes go from left to right, back and forth, and even though I recognize two different realities represented, I can't see them as a whole. It is distrubing, somehow frustrating, but I accept it, as I accept human nature, which keeps us from understanding what we are, or where do we come from.