Kinesics

Looking Past Facial Expressions

3 min read by Alastair.

“Photograph what interests you.”

Liverpool Street | London, 2018 | Fuji Provia 100f

A quote that I kept with me since reading it in an article a year or so back. It’s an esoteric quest that will always be hard to satisfy.

Piccadilly Circus | London, 2018 | Kodak Ektachrome E200

Sure, one can enjoy different genres of photography. Be it landscape, documentary, street or portraiture; there’s a cornucopia to choose from.

London Underground | 2018 | Ilford HP5+

But there is always something within a specific genre that pulls.

Oxford | 2019 | Kodak Ektachrome E200

For me, it’s the idea of interaction, specifically, how we respond to external stimuli and the effect that has on our body language. As I began my journey into street photography a couple of years ago, I became interested in the concept of photographing gestures.

Oxford | 2018 | Kodak Vision3 250D

Typically the face is the conduit by which we, as viewers, interact with an image. We can put ourselves in the subjects’ shoes and feel the emotion that they are showing in that moment. From there, narratives are easily born and constructed.

Singapore | 2019 | Kodak Double-X

However, what I wanted to explore was the idea of removing this conduit from the equation or at least partially shedding it.

Georgetown, Penang, 2019, Kodak Vision2 250D

I wanted to pull the focus to the subject’s body language and the narratives that are created.

Southbank | London, 2018 | Fuji NPZ800

The resulting series, “Kinesics,” was taken over a period of a year and a half and with a variety of film stocks.