Rubber Indentity (Charlotte)
"To me, fine art photography is uncompromisingly subtle, yet has the ability to speak volumes. It conveys the subjective intent and vision of the artist that creates the photo, instead of the objective truth. A fine art photo is a medium to convey a message. It can be silent, yet loud. As a fine art photographer, the best way to convey my message is not one photograph, but a series. An entire series revolving around one underlying theme, ensures the message cannot be misunderstood. Consistency is a great aid in showing similarities between works. And thus a great tool to truly envision one's intent.
A central theme in my work is UNFOLDING AMBIGUITY. My fascination with human behavior and my passion for the arts have merged into this creative vision, utilizing the mise en scene as my palet and the ambiguity of human behavior as my voice. I am driven to test the discomfort we face when we (have to) show who we really are, when we come face-to-face with our true selves. I aspire to lift the veil between the assumed identity and the true self. This leads to my images pioneering storylines that lead to a discharge, a state of freedom. The primary goal of my conceptual art is to find that moment of release. That moment when the camera captures that moment a model lets go of the assumed identity. At this moment of release, I register their true vulnerability and openness. This state of freedom - this discharge - is the main protagonist captured in the frame. This is my holy grail: the one item I'm driven to capture on film. It's not always easy, but registering true vulnerability can be extremely rewarding.
To achieve this, I work closely with my subjects, and I am always searching for the moment when they are ready to shed their projected self-images and show who they really are. In order to reach this state of release and freedom, I lure my models out of their comfort zones with what I call 'dramatizing elements', causing a conflict between the models' assumed identities and their true self. A process providing a continuous flow of unexpected and beautiful perspectives to capture."