"Within my practices of art, writing, and yoga – I find myself
connected to the term Bodhisattva. In Buddhism, a bodhisattva is either
an enlightened existence or an enlightenment-being. I’ve also seen it
as "One who is destined for enlightenment but wants to take all beings along..." It
is in stark contrast to my original Nemesis Collection which was a
creative visual project that sought to create haunting images that
portrayed the darkness within each of us. I suppose living in Sedona
really does me a lot of good, because I connect very well with this
So I decided that it was high time that I created the nemesis to my
nemesis – a collection of lighter, inner-spirit-type images to contrast
the former duality of my most illustrious project. However, even with
my usual determination, I realized that with having a family and a lot
on my plate, financially this project was almost completely impossible.
Until I remembered Kickstarter..."
Bodhisattva (formerly Vardøgr) is my latest creative experimental photography endeavor that is intended to capture
the "light" side of our own personal duality. This is the sequel to my Nemesis Project (my Nemesis' Nemesis?) which was photographed in NYC & NJ almost a decade ago -
Bodhisattva will capture the vibrant and beautiful qualities within each of us, in the upper Sonoran Desert of northern Arizona.
I work with light and motion without over manipulating images after
the initial shot. My goal is to create a new collection of fantastic
images to complete my exploration into the inner workings of
the mysterious self.
Bodhisattva [bodhisuttva]: "One who is destined for enlightenment but wants to take all beings along..."
Bodhisattva will be a book, gallery show and multimedia presentation that will be shown side-by-side with my previously released Nemesis images. A 'light side' and the 'dark side' special gallery showing is the plan at Sedona Arts Center's Special Exhibition Gallery in Sedona, Arizona (dates to be announced), including a photography book that combines the two aspects with the best images from both of my collections! Help me create these iconic images!
Bodhisattva is the Nemesis to my Nemesis Project. Sedona is the perfect place to capture the 'light within' and create a visual experience that truly defines the positive qualities we sometimes hide deep within ourselves.
I need your help! The original Nemesis Project was 100% self funded in 2003 and it was
expensive! I'm raising funds to create the project, including but not limited to ;) replacing outdated and
useless equipment, lenses, props and essentials to create my effects through light, exposure time and motion (no Photoshop - true story), etc.
What was Nemesis?
'Nemesis' was spawned by the first visual collection of haunting
images from an old converted hotel of the 1800's. With this, came the
creation of my very first collection, comprised of over 19,000 images
taken over the course of 2 years, which was featured in my personal Private
Gallery Showing in 2003 and in 2006 in Hollywood at Veronique's Red Velvet Variety Show.
The Nemesis Visual Collections and Gallery
showing, includes three Published works, two unreleased collections and
I anticipate the project to be complete and in its final stages of
publication within 10-12 months after funding. I will keep you updated
every step of the way! Gallery showing would be scheduled for 2012.
Our duality can be either light... or dark
in nature. This examination explores the mysterious light within us.
Nemesis explored the darkness within.
See a small sampling of my work at: KelliKlymenko.com
See a video presentation of NEMESIS:
"Klymenko’s new project begins 3000 miles away from his first Nemesis
shoot and ultimately is an exploration of duality. His goal is to
create a new collection of images to complete his exploration into the
inner workings of the mysterious self."
We are all works in progress.
the slightest action will create ripples, then waves through time.
Remember to: Grow. Learn. Conserve. Preserve. Question. Denounce.
Educate. Change. Free your mind.