there was a certain sun shining from you
this scene on the
Betelgeuse begins with the first contact between two
bodies that become linked by a long-distance bond. Three years
pass by in a series of intimate portraits where these encounters
are re-imagined in a desolate universe, both founded and
ultimately destroyed under a symbiosis of warmth. In a succession
of reunions and separations, a sense of longing begins to permeate
unearthly landscapes before the sun sets perpetually
on the horizon.
Charged with nudity and color, the universe of Betelgeuse was devised as an otherwordly safe space to develop a homoromantic relationship. To isolate it from puritanical laws of gender and sexuality was also to present it with a safety to exist and to love which it couldn't have fully aforded otherwise.
Images of solitude reflect a vision of this world where two bodies orbiting intense new feelings become bound to the cruel conditions of a distant bond. At the core of the series is an ingenuous fantasy in transcending physicality alongside someone beyond the limitations of time and distance — to become one with them — until these conditions are finally accepted and the beauty in them understood.
Shot in Switzerland, France, Malta and Portugal, Betelgeuse grows into an Eden of its own, bearing the blooming, nakedness, and devastation of first love.
The Death of Betelgeuse, 2017