LU – artist statement
I photograph with a digital camera and my photos are a single exposure .
I take photographs with of distorted reality in and behind glass. Shadows and reflections are not real but can appear to be actual substances. Add mannequins and store display windows in a changing weather and time environment and a “new reality” emerges.
It is a reality where “people” in glass become embedded in vines, branches, buildings, clouds, surrounding activity and then fantastical COLORS in post processing.
In our world increasingly lived and integrated into social media, internet and behind the glass of a smart phone, tablet or computer screen, humanity begins to experience a sense of distorted connection to a world made up of images, text and portfolios of self-absorbed lives and simulated realities.
As a photographer I look at the analogy of the store display windows as constantly changing video screens and my photographs are the captured screen shots or the stills.
My work explores the natural world, transience of time & our increasing desire to embed ourselves into a world of fantasy and unreality inside these restraints. The mannequin becomes a metaphor of human experience. Nature gives us strong visual tools in our journeys as we explore identity, separation and anonymity. Do we separate the artificial from the real to find the authentic? Or do we integrate elements of fantasy and imagination as a coping and processing key to move forward? Why does nature have different colors, patterns, light and shadows through each year? What does this mean?
Using strong colors seen in nature, I modify the images in post processing. And my preference is to print these images on glass for its authenticity of experience.
LU photography ©2008 - 2017
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