Modern times have been most disturbing in dilluting our attention spans, presenting us with too many options while simultaneously lowering artistic and musical standards in favor of speed and so-called efficiency. As someone who still uses analogue processes to make his photography, it becomes more obvious all the time that Agasi is working against the grain, but he firmly believes it will continue to work to his advantage.
Working with SONICBEETLE is a clean slate for Agasi, an opportunity to let his visual analogue work inform the multi-patterned side of creating music in a very natural, open way. He is most concerned with creating a bridge to memory, in support of his collaborators’ tandem musical approach.
The majority of the images are black and white, ensuring a vintage, timeless atmosphere. It’s not too difficult to cite some of his influences: Hitchcock, the Surrealists, French New Wave of the early sixties, 20th century portraiture by European artists, and filmmakers Stanley Kubrick, and David Lynch.
Despite these obvious cues to seeing within a limited, compositional framework, it’s crucial to provide some emotional resonance. Analogue 35mm film still strongly encompasses this practice. His work has been featured twice on NYC’s Nerve.com and in printed publications in Europe, Japan and the United States. He is currently working on a book of nudes which spans some 15 years of shooting.
Agasi has worked with a number of world reknowned sound artists, songwriters, and electronic composers including Carl Stone, Morgan Fisher and Robert Rich. He collaborated with the latter in 2005, releasing Echo of Small Things, a set of ten prints to compliment Robert’s lush electronic soundscapes. He has also done CD covers for labels Tzadik, Green Fuse and Projekt.
The Nude has been a grounding force in his exploration of photography from the very beginning, a core theme running through the entirely of his photographic projects. He always welcomes working with interested models wishing to bring their own manners of expression to the work, either subtle of brash.