“Infinite Essence is my response to pervasive media images of Black people being shot and killed by police. What if the images you see of people who look like you are dead and dying bodies? How does that affect the way you move through the world and enter your body? With this series, I’ve set about on a quest to recast the Black body as the cosmos and eternal.
I hand paint the models’ bodies with fluorescent paints, and using my engineering background I have augmented a standard flash with an ultraviolet bandpass filter, to only pass ultraviolet light. Using this method, in total darkness, I click down on the shutter – “snap” – and for a fraction of a second, their bodies illuminate as the universe.” — Mikael Owunna