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Archival : Dead Fucking Zombies
M△S▴C△RA / MASCARA / MSCRA

Or : And Through It Came Syrian Flowers 
For swimming in pools of shadows gave birth to luminescent blooms… 

From A Thousand Souls : Maciek Jasik

The idea of the single soul is the basis of Western religion and society. It is the source of our individuality and our desire. And the portrait defines this self, by exposing the soul through a clarity of vision. We feel we can sense the texture of this soul through the details and subtleties of the subject’s expression and manner. 

'In reality however, every ego, so far from being a unity is in the highest degree a manifold world, a constellated heaven, a chaos of forms, of states and stages, of inheritances and potentialities. It appears to be a necessity as imperative as eating and breathing for everyone to be forced to regard this chaos as a unity and to speak of his ego as though it were a one-fold and clearly detached and fixed phenomenon. Even the best of us shares the delusion.' – Herman Hesse, The Steppenwolf

We can instead conceive of the soul as a composite of thousands of disparate souls, extracted by circumstance and reaction. This series seeks to shed light on this great expanse within us, beyond what we aim and hope to be seen as, and into the far reaches of our psyche, dark corners unknown to us until the very moment they emerge.”

Make-Up : Pat McGrath
Stylist : Alice Gentilucci
Photo : Paolo Roversi

For Vogue Italia Couture Supplement, March 2001 

Does death come alone, or with eager reinforcements?
Does death come alone, or with eager reinforcements? 
Death is centrifugal 
Solar and logical 
Decadent and symmetrical 
Angels are mathematical 
Angels are bestial 
Man is the animal 

Man is the animal

The blacker the sun 
The darker the dawn … 

Fire of the Mind : Coil : The Ape of Naples
John Balance and Peter Christopherson

Nastya Kadryanu
Styling : Jennifer Hahn
Photo : Felix Glasmeyer
Make-Up Artist / Hair : Anja Fichtenmayer
From The Red Life : An editorial for Fashion Gone Rogue

"Masuline? Feminine? It depends on the situation.
 Neuter is the only gender that always suits me.”

 From Disavowals
 Self-Portrait : Claude Cahun

Screen Caps : Kneel Through The Dark
Dir. James Batley, 2013

Gareth Pugh : Autumn/Winter 2008/09

Serving such mad execution, insaniac commitment and innovative silhouette; warrants a tetanus jab.  [ Although bah! Humorous to think : how proud I was of my own stab and jab experiment … Over 4,000 safety pins later, and humility? Through. I’m so through ]

Still : Kneel Through The Dark
Dir. James Batley, 2013

His head is not his memory :
Visions coming, one, two, three …
Trickle up, trickle down
Wearily, we come unwound.
Sensoria, sensoria, sensoria, sensoria.

In hard times, hard thrills
Reaching for the chosen pills
Dragnets will pull you in,
Tell you that you’re deep in sin.
Sensoria, sensoria, sensoria …

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Cabaret Voltaire : Sensoria (12 Inch Mix)

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†  SENSES . REACHING . FEVER . PITCH  †

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PSST.  And hey : zappin’ this as a de[a]dication to you, Textbeak!

"Do-Do-Do-Do Right … Go to church. Always works."