Violent. Rhapsodic. Impassioned. Aggressive. These are some of the terms that have been used to describe the self-portraits of photographer Kavan Cardoza aka "Kavan The Kid". With an aesthetic imbued with emotion and self-examination, The Kid contrasts low-key lighting with bold, lurid colors that elicit visceral, personal reactions consciously and subconsciously. Kavan relishes in his ability to birth an image that is both relatable and alienating all at once, using surreality as message and canvas. As he describes it, photography is a means of communicating his "darkness."

text by Algernon Felice Jr