Kristin Gallegos ‘Disappear Here Series Four’
Los Angeles based Film-Photographer Kristin Gallegos presents the fourth installment of her self-published photography book series “Disappear Here”. If you have been following this journey then you know that each bound edition is a cinematic glance into a day in the life of a different character portrayed by a muse of the artist. The characters are inspired by her own life as well as both fictional and real-life idols of Kristin’s.
In this final installment of the series, we follow New York City-based painter Tali Lennox starring as The Photographer. Of all the characters in the four-book series The Photographer most closely mirrors Kristin’s current life, but it is also meant as a homage to iconic female fashion and art photographers Deborah Turbeville and Sarah Moon. Both of them, like Gallegos, discovered a passion for photography later in life after having other careers, and both made successful transitions to the medium.
You may notice that there is a haunting quality, a darkness, in this book which is absent from the other three. The aesthetic of this series was informed by the 1978 thriller ‘Eyes of Laura Mars’ starring Faye Dunaway, the expert cinematography of Gordon Willis in Alan J. Pakula’s “Paranoia Trilogy,” and the iconic Michelangelo Antonioni film ‘Blow-Up’ whose main character was inspired by another of her favorite photographers David Bailey. Being inspired by these films, the choreography of these shots feels voyeuristic, as though she is being watched and followed. There are parallels with each of the stories told in this book series, especially the isolation each character feels even though they are often surrounded by others. They all live in their minds, driven by their ambition in pursuit of success.
All four volumes of the Disappear Here book series are a love letter to strong, independent, creative women, and in this installment special tribute was paid to the iconic Chelsea Hotel, and the city of New York (Kristin’s former home of 15 years.) The series began with her past in The Dancer, transitioned into the fantasy world of her dreams represented by The Writer and The Singer, and is coming to an open-ended close with her current life and future within The Photographer. As you gaze upon her at home in the Chelsea Hotel, spy on her from across the streets of New York, and accompany her on her way to photoshoots, the cinema, and the diner late at night you also gaze upon Kristin, reflected not only in her but in the city that shaped her.
Locations Chelsea Hotel @hotelchelsea, Soho Diner @sohodiner and The Roxy Hotel @theroxyhotelnyc