I am currently in my third year of university studying Fine Art. Below is an example of my artist statement which briefly explains my thoughts and ideas in my current project. These photographs were taken through the steamy glass of the shower and use no Photoshop techniques. I would be really grateful if you could give me some feedback about my images and how I might improve them.
Is it possible to find security and comfort in an insecure environment? Have you ever wondered how a stranger feels in their most private moments? My work challenges the illusion of everyday life - of what we choose to leave unnoticed. Although Iíve drawn heavily from my own experiences, I feel the concept is something that relates to everyone in todayís society.
The theme of each piece determines the form and materials I choose. Photography allows me to translate my inner vision into realism in a way I feel accurately expresses my interpretation of the world around me. When using photography I enjoy contrasting harsh and sensitive materials, to portray the vulnerability which Iím painfully aware of every day. Before I settled with using nails I experimented with cigarettes, needles and anti-depressants. The nails had more impact; they had a piercing quality that the more contemporary objects didnít possess. Instead of bare skin I tried using fruit, which I kept in sealed jars and photographed in their various stages of decay. In the end, the images of hard metal against delicate skin felt more evocative, and pertinent to the emotions I wanted to evoke.
An element of my project focuses on the idea of the first months of foetusí in the womb. It allows a direct comparison to be made with the outside world, which is both safe and threatening at the same time. There is a dream-like quality pervading throughout - a sense of the surreal that contrasts with the bare truth of reality. Iím looking forward to taking my ideas further Ė I want to experiment with different locations as well as focusing on the female form. Varying the compositions I use to present my work is also something I want to develop. This will give more depth to the fragility and insecurity that lies at the heart of my craft.
Thank you very much for your time,
Tags: Photo journalism
Black and white
Specialist and abstract
Portraits and people