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Josh Cole | Creative Director & Technologist

Spiritus Obscura

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Personal Art Project

Josh Cole
Creative Director & Technologist

Personal Art Project

Spiritus Obscura

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/ The Project

In my life I have had moments, dark and light, where I have felt closest to the other side of the veil. Feeling at one moment as if I was seeing into the other side of life, and in other moments feeling blinded to it. Stemming from those moments has been the desire and need to dig deeper into spirituality, how it affects each of us and what it means to me. And in that, the relationship between flesh and spirit and the resulting relations. At times they seem to be in unison and at others working against each other. Some times ugly, and other times absolutely beautiful. “Spiritus Obscura” is a raw, exposed exploration into the beauty of this relationship in a manner inspired by the classic paintings I grew up around, coming from a family heavily involved in fine art. It is also a separation from much of my other work in that all these shots are captured in camera, one exposure, with the only post production being color correction. There is no manipulation of the image itself. Believing that the relationship, between flesh and spirit, cannot be manipulated is the leading factor for the decision to keep these images out of photoshop. It can be molded, and nurtured, but not manipulated. It is what it is.

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/ Role

Photography

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/ The Work
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