Kinetic Stills Exhibition

Erotic Heritage Museum, Las Vegas

May 10th - August 31st 2019


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Artist’s Statement

I started shooting Kinetic Stills in February 2018, though I’d taken proof-of-concept photographs some months earlier. After a camera malfunction the previous year, I’d accidentally shot some double exposures, a technique I’d experimented with in my early 20’s after seeing some of Duane Michals’ double exposed photographs. I liked the way my accidental images looked, and started shooting a series of erotic photographs using multiple exposures to create a sense of motion within the frame.

A by-product of the multiple exposures are geometric shapes formed from both light and shadow, and from objects in the scene. I also noticed surreal elements in some of the early photographs, and as I continued to shoot for the series I tried to create more surreal images.

I've shot over 50 rolls of film for this series, and the 23 images in the exhibition are obviously just a small selection. I'm continuing to shoot Kinetic Stills, and will continue until I start repeating myself or otherwise become bored with the project.

For their help in making this series possible, I’d like to thank: Ken Wilkes, Jan Sarah Sink, Jimmy Fikes, Steve Moulton, Glenn Friedman, Bobby Boling, ‘Gunner’ Taylor, and Jim Camp.


Technical Statement

All the photographs were made on Kodak TMax 400 film, and shot with a Holga camera that cost me less than fifteen dollars when purchased (new) in 1999. The Holga is often referred to as a “toy camera” and is made of plastic, has a fixed 60mm plastic lens, and creates 6x6 cm negatives. I used the Holga for this series because of all the cameras I own, it’s the easiest one to shoot multiple exposures with. Film development and printing of the 8x10 and 11x14 prints was done in my darkroom; the larger images are archival inkjet prints created from scans of the negatives.



Artist’s Bio




Marco Pallotti was born in London, England, and moved to the United States in 1981. He began taking photographs at the age of 7, and built his first darkroom while in his teens. Over the years, as he worked in a variety of occupations, he continued to make photographs and silver gelatin prints, and became a full-time photographer in 2002. He now lives in Santa Monica, California, and explores a variety of photographic genres, using both analog and digital technologies.

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