In an intriguing collaborative project, model Tessa Kuragi and designer Jon-Ross Le Haye have created Bruise Album, a one-off, light activated album and a limited edition of 50 facsimile books showcasing a collection of semi-transparent images of bruising.
Kuragi, who has shot for fashion photographers such as Inez and Vinoodh and Ellen Von Unwerth, has long collected photos of bruises she has sustained over the years. 'I have always been drawn to bruising as a mark of love, endurance, trust, and the paradoxical nature of sexual sadomasochism - being both incredibly intimate and caring, whilst mediated through pain and suffering,' she explained. With the help of her partner Le Haye, the designer behind numerous recognisable Tate and Whitechapel Gallery campaigns, she presented her collation of bruises as a series of semi-transparent images bound together in a re-appropriated Victorian photo-album. The format acts to mirror the fading of bruising over time - together the collection forms a combined bruise that lightens with each page turn, while the pretty illustrations on each page create a strange juxtaposition. The pair's choice of translucent paper also references the nature of bruises on the skin, where blood, something previously concealed, leaks to just below the surface.