Photos & Text by Darren Samuels
These photos were taken in a pitch-black room. The only source of light was when the camera flash went off illuminating the room for a split second. The subjects are a combination of friends and strangers, but none of them knew they were about to be photographed. All I said was: “Can you help me with a project?” Most people were skeptical or creeped out, but I managed to gather some participants. Either I, or someone close with the subject, would say or do something to generate a response. Each photograph is captioned with a description of what was done in order to provoke a reaction, to capture the concept of “now.”
Here are the results:
"Think about your favorite place."
Taken while listening to pornographic material.
“Think of the last person you said ‘I love you’ to.”
The second of two back-to-back surprise flash photos.
His friend whispered an inside joke to him. (They wouldn't tell me what it was).
“Look up.” She saw glow-in-the-dark stars stuck on the ceiling.
I threw a pillow at him.
"Think of last night…and that person you kissed.”
When he heard the beat drop.
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