‘When space feels thoroughly familiar to us, it has become place.’
The images I create try to reflect what is actually seen when we look at a place. When we look, for example, at a beautiful view from atop a hill, what are we looking at? Or when we sit looking out the window on the train to work? Or even when we open the street door, turn on the light and step into our home?
What makes the decision in our heads that a valley, or a street, or the deep dark woods should be evocative, homely, amazing, boring or fearful?
We share the stories and pictures from countless films, TV shows, books, ads and so on and so on. We have pictures of friends, family and ourselves from the past. We can examine pictures, we watch DVD’s over and over again. Private or shared, the past’s experiences are played out in two dimensions (or unconvincing three dimensions). When we look up and perceive a real scene, what do we see?
Perhaps some of these perceptions can get jumbled, after all none of
us are perfect, we all make assumptions based on memory. Sometimes
judgement of a scene needs to take place quickly because it is moving or
changing. Imperfections in perception, mixed up memories, veiled, half
seen, unfathomable, sublime.
Self Portraiture: An application of photography as a therapeutic art Dissertation (1999 BA(hons) Photographic Art, Newport School of Art)
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