When I think of spiritual ecstasy I think of feeling horror and euphoria at the same time. Two opposites occurring simultaneously. Something else that occurs simultaneously in these photos, as do all photos, is the real and unreal. At once the “real” is recorded whether in a studio or in the environment, and the “unreal” image that never existed before the photograph was taken. In that spirit these characters are ‘out of context’ illuminated only by a spotlight signifying a performance for the camera. They are strange but undeniable.