It is known that art is a reflection of our culture but how have we become a reflection of art? Throughout history pose, object, color, and setting have been recognizable elements of art. Spaces, people and activities that seem mundane can often be the most alluring photos to capture. I intend to combine the ordinary with vestiges of “classical” references. The juxtaposition of things within the frame should cause the viewer to inspect and interpret. After all, it is human nature to want to explain and comprehend people and situations in order for our minds to accept and allow what we see. The unconventional photo should allow for a vast degree of storytelling.
I am interested in an image being both controlled and comfortable. The posing in particular is crucial to the meaning of the photograph. From renaissance paintings to senior photos, poses have a way of demanding attention and telling a story. What many of us would consider “classic” poses seem to be quite contrived yet somewhat unconsciously recognizable. The spaces and the people are in are equally important because they aren’t known for their historical identity but rather their modern day appearance. It is with this mix of old and new that I desire for the viewer to question what in life, and in our own lives, is posed, controlled, and staged. How much do we control our own bodies and spaces? Does this affect how one’s gender, sexuality and identity is portrayed? I want us to dismantle the blurred lines between reality and fiction.