This is an image that was part of my work for my grad show series at Elam last year, but which I did not end up using as the work went in another direction as it evolved. My project proposal for the semester involved an exploration of aesthetics, especially Beauty, and materiality. When I made this image I had in mind Barthes notion of photographers as ‘agents of death’ and the idea of ’that-has-been’, and the materiality of the photographic process. Specifically in this series of images, I had in mind the physicality of photographic film (or a ‘pixel shower’) flying out of the camera and enveloping the subject in the frame as the shutter was pressed, thereby imprisoning the subject in that moment. In the course of last semester I also discovered Francesca Woodman and from her work, explored surrealism and Gothic tropes in photographs of women/female subjects. I like to read about the history of photography, and enjoy the drama and pathos of the studio portraits and ‘photographic art’ of Julia Margaret Cameron, so that sort of ‘histrionic’ photography is also a reference for this image. Hope you enjoy it.
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