Temporary Insanity by Marisse Isabel Caine | hellowanderland.blogspot.com
Temporary Insanity is a photography project by Marisse Isabel Caine, who is currently an art student at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Marisse has been into photography since she was 16, and particularly enjoys people photography.

Marisse cites Chuck Palahniuk, Michel Gondry, Ryan McGinley, and Dash Snow as some of her biggest creative and aesthetic inspirations, but it was Diane Arbus — or rather, the depiction of the iconic American photographer in the film, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, — that sparked off the creative process behind Temporary Insanity. In particular, there was a scene in Fur that showed Diane Arbus standing on a ledge and saying to herself repeatedly, “Be brave.” This struck a chord with Marisse. “I want to be brave, like Diane Arbus.”

“I’ve always been inspired by people who dare to be different... one of the quotes I strongly live by is from Steve Jobs, who said: “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things... They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

After reflecting on her experiences growing up in Singapore — “a fast-paced... Asian society [where] most of us have been raised with a lot of [restricting] rules and social taboos and parental expectations” — Marisse decided to encourage her friends to “try something new” through her photography project.

Long live the crazy ones.

In the course of her project, Marisse observed as her subjects overcame their personal insecurities and vulnerabilities. “One of my subjects even said something along the lines of, “I know how to get over being depressed already - just do crazy things.”

Of course, “crazy” can mean different things to different people. Marisse points out how public nudity is viewed differently in different societies, and is more likely to be seen as “crazy” in Singapore. Then again, perhaps Steve Jobs did put it best when he said it’s just a matter of daring to see things differently.

Photography is often loved for being a beautifully succinct way of capturing people, moments, and the human condition, but it’s easy to forget the creative process behind that breathtaking picture, and its transformational potential. Whilst Temporary Insanity may have been conceived to encourage Marisse’s friends to push the boundaries of their own comfort zones, Marisse hopes that people will look at her photos and feel like they, too want to be in a photo like that. “I hope that people will become brave and come to the realisation that it’s okay to be different and to do what you want.”
Curated by Alethea Tan , Text by Cui Yin