SWEAT DRAWINGS

These images are photographs of sweat imprints. I am part of an aerial circus troupe in Mexico and train regularly. After our warm up we all lie down on the dance floor for a brief rest. I have my camera ready and ask each athlete to lie still for a minute, then quickly stand up and move away. Before the sweat evaporates I immediately photograph the markings on the floor. I am fascinated by the chiaroscuro created by sweat, skin and clothing over the scuffed--by our physical activity--floor. These imprints speak both to what we leave behind and to the nature of photography. Reminiscent of Greek statue remains and wet plate photography, they refer to ancient and contemporary ideals of beauty and athleticism, as well as to their fleeting nature. They are also, to me, portraits of my dear circus family.