I was inspired by the concept of a Chullachaqui from Embrace of the Serpent in Professor Luis’ unit. In the film, Theo, a non-indigenous person in search of Yakruna, shows Karamakate, the last member of an Amazonian tribe that has been exterminated, a photograph of himself. Karamakate claims that it is not him in the photograph by explaining that everyone has a Chullachaqui, an identical looking figure that is empty and hollow.
Below, I have inserted my own photographs of people and included my own representation of these images through color editing.
The truth of impermanence leads to the desire to grasp at permanence. Photography is an attempt to grasp at permanence through realistic images; however, representations, alterations, and interpretations all ultimately lead to an impermanent definition of what is captured. These are images of people I know, I was there to take the image, yet the representation of these moments in time, these bodies in time, are vastly different from their actual moments. Regardless, they still capture the exact details of the moment: the colors shown are all colors in the original image. Their prominence is simply altered by my choice to strip the saturation from other colors. Some images have no color at all, and are also accurate representations of some part of their respective moments.