October 1 - 30, 2021
Can you see yourself from the outside looking in? Are you able to spot your darkness and address it? Can you face what you've become?
Bloodfight is the story of the start of my new life seven years ago. The first moments of the darkest time of my life would eventually lead me to my ultimate healing—the beginning.
Love almost killed me. And, fighting back became my only option. This photographic series is about that time. Bloodfight is a visual, photographic memoir about a love story, but not the good kind.
It's the kind of fight that ends in "to kill or be killed."
It's the kind of story that will open you up to the edge of darkness where broken hearts go to die. It depicts and details the brutality of emotional abuse and redemption. Every scene from this collection of work is symbolic of terrifying places in which I've existed, inside my mind.
I never meant for this to be a cohesive project. I was at a crossroads in my life, having just left a mentally and emotionally abusive relationship. I just wanted to have fun making something spooky and strange. It wasn't until halfway through the series that I realized I was photographing myself and my experiences through dark metaphors.
It was then that I knew that I should continue.
In looking at myself and my experiences from the outside, I realized that it was the first step in my healing journey.
I photographed the collection of these images with an improv style, with no preparation of any kind. I gave no directions nor instructions to the actors and models beforehand. The only exception was that it was to look like a scary movie.
I directed them from my psyche and what I felt was right at the moment, and they delivered my visions beautifully. I could never have done it without them.
I only hope that while you look through these images, that you can face the pain you might have felt and or ever caused.
- Marlene Fox
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