I only knew Leonard Nimoy as pointy-eared Spock, who has been on a pedestal ever since I “met” him. That goes to show how much I know. Did you know that he has been a photographer (an accomplished one at that) for almost 40 years?
Apparently, Nimoy started dabbling in photography when he was a mere 13 years old – and he did it the old fashioned way. He was (and is) totally serious about photography that he studied with Robert Heinecken at the University of California in Los Angeles. And, in the mid-70s (I was still pure energy then), Nimoy thought about shifting careers – from acting to photography!
While I am sure we’re all glad he didn’t do that, his talent in this area cannot be denied. In fact, his first solo photography exhibit will be launched on the 1st of August. Dubbed Secret Selves, the exhibit features 26 color photographs, 11 of which are life size. The exhibit will be held at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
The idea behind the collection of photos is that people have hidden natures. Nimoy based this on Plato’s Symposium, which states that human beings are creatures with two sides (faces, if you will). The gods tore these sides apart, leaving man to forever search for the other half.
So what Nimoy did when shooting was to encourage his subjects to show that hidden part of themselves. Very interesting concept. Forget that his name has “nerd” in it (Le-nerd!) – one can’t expect less from Leonard Nimoy! The A.V. Club interviewed him regarding this exhibit, and I think you will find his responses quite enthralling.