The Human Spectrum
Our culture is diverse. Yet our society insists on breaking us apart. Of course one cannot immediately tell a person's religion, sexual preference or political affiliation by sight, but what is always apparent is the color of our skin and this tends to be just enough to make someone be judged. This project is derived by coating variations of people with multiple colors of paint. When everyone is covered in vibrant colors, we can then all be the same. The water represents commercial society's need to wash this color away in order to catalog us again. The final image is a representation of how we can feel at our best before the paint is washed away.
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice
Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol representing the Universe.
Ansarov combines the two practices by capturing the nude form in a pose which then becomes the medium with which he creates these intricate and detailed mandalas which then represent the individual universe of that person which he calls Yogadala. Each subject and pose provides a completely new and unique 'Yogadala.'
Society dictates that we live our lives within a three-foot bubble of personal space. I’m exploring what we look like within a three-inch bubble. The only people who get to see us that close are our mothers and lovers, but even they don’t typically examine us that closely. Looking at someone that close, naked, without makeup, or Photoshop is the most vulnerable of a portrait of exactly who we are. It is not something everyone is comfortable sharing.
I use a macro lens to photograph every inch of a person’s skin, print them full frame, and collage them together. The resulting image is of profound detail and size that have never been seen before. From a distance the viewer sees a typical photograph. As the work is approached the image takes on a new dimension, where every hair, freckle and pore can be counted.
The mass media shows us images that are retouched, airbrushed, and altered in various ways to show us a level of beauty we are comfortable with. My work shows that it is the unique flaws of the individual that truly show us who we are.