Jonathan Middleton

© 1998-2021

Headache is a series of three photographs depicting myself perched on the front stairs of a house, one hand holding a cigarette while the other is held to my head, presumably to stem the flow of blood visibly pouring from the area. Nearby friends exhibit only mild concern, which in combination with the understated title, leads one to conclude that the blood might be imagined or otherwise hyperbolic. Headache takes its cues from Richard Dyer’s writings on Utopianism in the Musical film genre, overt and unnatural use of blood in popular 1970s Samurai film (eg. Kenji Misumi’s Lone Wolf and Cub series), and the privileging of visual information over other forms in cultural narratives; from Shakespeare’s Othello to pornography’s infamous “Money Shot”.