These Kalliope Amorphous Captures are Ghostly

By: Josh Triantafilou - Published: Apr 22, 2012 • References: kalliopeamorphous and photographyserved
Looking at this photo series by Brooklyn-based photographer Kalliope Amorphous is like watching wisps of smoke thread their way off a candle then twirl about into abstract, fading shapes, before finally disappearing into the surrounding darkness. This fleeting quality is largely the product of the stroboscopic technique that Amorphous uses. The purpose of this method is to capture numerous actions in a single frame.

The sweeping, wispy aesthetic of the series evokes feelings of impermanence. Because the photographs capture multiple moments, they emphasize the temporary nature of each. One moment gives way to the next, which gives way to the next and so on. The photographs distill these moments into static images, striving for an elusive permanence. It is like looking at an echo.