Set in the heady days of the 1980’s in Australia, Almost A Mirror paints a picture many who did survive the drug filled days of punk, hard-core music and almost what could be a considered as transition into the seriously dark side of life, must consider what it made of them, and why it was so necessary to be there, be in the moment, walking a very dangerous, destructive tightrope.
Based around the life of Nick Cave and his music and Dodge pushing his art for to the very limits of photography, Krauth examines relationships through the lens of time, which as time often does, softens the harsh reality of devastation and destruction, cloaking it in a form of quasi-respectability.
Music was the driver, drugs the vehicle, the destruction and loss of innocence the end result, but throughout somehow relationships were established, love was found which lasted a lifetime.
Sharpe, clean and clear the words used to create this almost addictive storyline are powerful in their emotion, stripped back the very essence depicting the feeling of the characters as they come to life, unforgettable in their innocence, their destruction and eventual self- realisation.
The love of a newborn child is rich with gentle emotion as Ro comes into a world that is far from every day; a child who is fresh, new, clean and pure, a far cry for the decadence the mother Mona has known.
Club scenes at the Crystal Ballroom are all too real in their creation as Cave screams out his obsession with love, religion and death, weaving a fascination over the girls who came to watch, to wait for hurt, pain and acceptance of an alternative lifestyle. Jimmy, taking what turns out to be his last walk up to Golden Point, captures the final acceptance that life is not all is was cracked up to be, at least for him; that his soul is tired, ready to move on, deplete of all life and loving.
Almost A Mirror could very easily be considered as a monologue of memories strung together, softened through the lens of time, but it is far more than that as it paints a picture of the many complex emotions that live within us all; love, hate, destruction, hope and an innate sense of family that often provides the glue that holds society together.
Powerful, poetic in a context of words in elegant syntax and tragically beautiful, Almost a Mirror is as is written on the inside cover, ‘What we make of memories and what they make of us.’