The first mirrors used by human beings were merely pools of still water, but ever since we were able to recognize our own image, we have been fascinated by mirrors. No wonder mirrors have been given many mythical and magical meaning. The most common believe is that mirrors posses a power beyond the natural. They are believed to by hypnotizing. To draw your attention and capture you with the image they show. Think about the legendary story of Narcissus. Some also believed they were portals for the deceased, offering them the opportunity to posses the spirit of the person looking in the glass. Which is why in the past often mirrors were covered the days after a loved one passed.
But there is one meaning about mirrors that tops all the others. The reflection of truth. One of the most famous examples in that context is of course the magic mirror in the tale of Snow White. And the fact they can supposedly reveal supernatural beings by not showing their reflection. But even in reality, mirrors are use as truth sayers. Think about it. How many times do you check yourself in a mirror. To make sure you look good. To check something the naked eye can’t see directly by itself. But be careful, because mirrors have the ability to make you reveal more than you want. And at the same time they are deceptive because what they show you is always just a bit different from reality.
When we met Jorge Rivas for the first time he introduced himself to us as a beginning photographer who had the opportunity to work as an assistant for Joe Oppedisano. This was only 4 years ago and we can safely say Jorge moved far beyond that first description. He has more than earned his stripes in photography and his many features here at BeautifulMag already proof the high level of creativity and diversity in concepts and techniques Jorge Rivas has. And so we are always happy to receive another series from Jorge. Especially if it is a set that is part of a series that he started several years go, because that only shows the fantastic progress this talented artist from Texas has made.
A few years ago, Jorge Rivas started his Mirror project. When we published the first installment, featuring Shane, Jorge told us the following: "I think the mirror is a very important thing in our lives. Some of the hot moments we have by ourselves happen in front of a mirror. The mirror can keep a lot of very deep secrets about ourselves. Mirrors are essential in our lives, and as we know, a mirror’s reflection is more than just a flat image of us." How true this is, he shows once again with this new series, featuring Ace Banner.
When you rise your right hand in front of a mirror, it seems that your reflection rises its left hand, even though it is exactly following what you do. So yes, what you see is reality but with a small twist. Some might even say that a mirror really shows you the way other people see you. If that is the case, this set with Ace Banner gets a very different meaning. Relatively innocent at first, Ace’s mirror seems to temps him to reveal more of him than he originally intended. And while pealing of layer after layer of garments, Ace seems to be revealing more of his true self than what he originally had planned. Or maybe not? Maybe Ace’s mirror image is what was always there, but we simply couldn’t se it. Until his reflection showed his true self. Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the naughtiest of them all? –BM-
BeautifulMag archive for Jorge Rivas: Jorge Rivas' Dreams | Jorge Rivas' Mirror | From Russia with Love | Crossroads | There's Something about Steven | Rising Stars [BMCS] | Jorge Riva's Wow Effect | Carnal Desire | Happiness is... | Corey Higgins, King of the World [BMCS].
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