posted by anne symons alias anne symons on Thursday 5th of May 2011 06:37:01 PM
CONCENTRATION STATEMENT I believe that the everyday moments that compose life deserve to be paused, captured, and observed. By considering the complexities of the common moment we realize the oddities of quotidian actions. My goal in my concentration is to portray the strange aspects of life by taking normal situations, manipulating them to create bizarre situations, and capture them forever. This formulaic nonsense evokes thought of a kaleidoscopic earth, the events of which occurring from small shifts of position. As my initial plan to convey a kaleidoscopic world was simply to alter the subject matter of the photographs, my decision to further develop the idea through different shooting, developing, and hand-coloring techniques came after its conception. The more I thought about this new worldview - one of a fantastically random, unpredictably bizarre planet suspended inside of and susceptible to the motions of a kaleidoscope - the more openly I questioned the commonplace truths of the everyday. This skepticism aesthetically manifests in my concentration through various hand-coloring methods I employed to achieve an otherworldly and somewhat off-putting sense of reality. In #1, for example, the subject’s surroundings (already warped after being taken through a bus’s globular mirror) are true to life in their colors but altered in texture and saturation to both give the photograph a kaleidoscopic appearance and feeling and to enhance the composition and sense of space. I challenge the viewer to set aside any preconceived definition of “life” when viewing my concentration pieces to gain a new and unblemished glimpse into a new worldview. To aid the viewer in this experience, I explored different perspectives when shooting the photographs. Piece #9 uses a unique depth of field perspective to show the latent part of life.
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- Published 01.20.22
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