Obsession In An Instant

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Words by Justin Howard @jthnomad

Photography by Paul Kaiser @paulkaiserart

Models John Strand @johnstrand Keslie Smeby @kelsiesmeby

Make Up by Erik Torpe @eriktorppe

“I do know the difference between right and wrong, but I just like the way wrong feels. It’s an impulse, an urge more intense than anything else.” – Unknown

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

As a believer in romance, and the enduring power of Love – that

connection between two human hearts – I can’t help but observe in the

“Insta Age” that romance seems to have taken on a dark quality. What I

mean is that while romance celebrates the euphoria and sublimity,

it now seems tinged with feelings of intense fascination with melancholia,

mixed with the irrational. I mean, who amongst us hasn’t found themselves

at 2 a.m. obsessing over your cell phone screen about a crush whose

only communication for the last three days reads “Hi.” If you are

lucky they might have added an emoji to it. Yes, the mixture of one’s

romantic life and a cellphone seems to inevitably turn it into a toxic

incubator of second-guessing and self-loathing.

 

We here at Black Chalk wanted to explore what Love really looks like in

the “Insta Age” so we partnered up with fine art photographer Paul Kaiser

to do just that. By working through the mixed mediums of polaroids and

digital photography, we aimed to captured that feeling we all experience at the

beginning of a crush. That overwhelming sense of lust that makes you weak in

the knees. As we all know, beneath the lust is a pure desire to really

bare your soul to the other person and for them to truly see you as you are without

any filters. We tried to honestly examine all these elements and to present a

narrative that would do justice to Love in this “Insta Age.”

 

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

Obsession In An Instant / Black Chalk Magazine

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