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Samantha Sealy: Samskeyti

I never wanted my photographs to be a reflection of me. I was always good at disconnecting myself from my work. Samskeyti was my first real series and was named after my strongest emotion – "samskeyti" means a literal attachment or "joints", such as what holds a door to a frame, in Icelandic. It is also the name of Sigur Rós song, which seems to describe a feeling of attachment so powerful that it’s almost literal.

Although I didn’t know it yet, it was the first time I wasn’t pretending that while I may not feel attached to my photographs, I often feel deeply attached to places and people.

The images heavily feature destructive processes done by hand to my negatives, an unfortunate parallel to my own ongoing self-destruction. There are some wounds that cannot be explained with words and even if I could find them, I’m not sure I’d want to say them aloud. So I discovered another way to reveal that part of myself I continue to hide from most.

Photographs once disguised as just “cool ideas,” were of a bleak world that reflected where my heart had been living for so long. A world filled with missing pieces/destroyed landscapes and a faceless figure that was not only a stranger to the viewers, but whom I felt had become a complete stranger to me. Nature that had once been a place of solitude for my mind, and the first person that made me believe in forever, had changed. So my photography changed too.

 

You can view more of Samantha's work by visiting her website or by following her on Facebook or Instagram

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