death is all around (in remembrance of my brother) | Head On Photo Festival

death is all around (in remembrance of my brother)

Photographer's Name: 
Betsie Genou

'Death is all around' is a triptych of self-portraits, and deals with the grief that follows the loss of a loved one.

The work gives a sense of what once surrounded me – the suffocating omnipresence of death, the constancy of loss.  It is grainy.  It lacks luster, shine and definition.  It mirrors the lifeless quality that life can unexpectedly adopt.

Shot through a black-covered lens, it is overcast by the traditional hue of mourning.  It mirrors vision through a mourning veil, that also serves as a metaphor for the distance between the inner traumatised self and the outer world.

Festival Year: 
2012