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"Camera Paintings" by Paul B. Rucker

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Website Profile: "The Body is an Infinite Landscape painted by the Soul."-- Baudelaire

This is a link to a specific gallery on my website, which highlights my ongoing experiments with body painting, costume, film and digital photography, and digital manipulation: painting with texture, color, shape and accidents. Some images stand as portraits, others as archives of experiments in makeup and manipulation. Are they scenes from an evolving dream theater or stills from a mythopoetic cinema dell'arte?

I have always loved costume, makeup, theater, ritual and make-believe; now I experiment with painting people as if they were one of my canvas works and in the process have taken it further as a metaphysical journey. In High Magic practice the tradition exists of creating "the Magical Personality, " a persona that allows one to become fully invested with one's own Higher Self in the context of Temple practice. What would it mean to take this idea out of the Temple and into other environments charged with spiritual intention? The success of my "Blue Man" persona (to date, assumed at the Faerieworlds Festival in Oregon) for myself and as a means of evoking a magical response from others, has led me inquire this.

Once I completed the experience of transforming myself utterly through body paint and costume, I wanted to work this transformation on others. Not only did I want to see how far I could go by my own hand, I wanted to see how the models would come to inhabit the creature that they were aspecting.

The people I like to photograph are usually just attractive or interesting to look at; even more important to me is their personal quality or expression of energy. Like the light inside a lamp, this soul force transforms an image with meaning. The more truly a model reflects his or herself, the more meaningful becomes our collaboration and the more our process becomes what it is already: Divine Play.


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