O P E N T O I N T E R P R E T A T I O N
The experiences of recent years have inspired me to return to the intimate and contemplative world of still life photography in my studio. After a long career in the fashion and editorial field, this circular homecoming was inevitable as I became more comfortable with expressing the uncertainties, the dangers, the fears of life.
I use a technical view camera, the digital-age version of the large format, which allows me to enjoy the skills accumulated during my years of work. This equipment also forces me to slow down in a deliberate process of thoughts as I am constructing a still life in my head and in front of my lens. Such a fluid approach is both liberating and stimulating while it gives space to my creativity. I compose and photograph as a spectator of my unconscious rather than let the vigilance of reason take over. To this end, I no longer look at these objects for what they are but, instead, I follow them to the world they invite me into. I then deliberately free them from their static existence by combining them with unexpected company, placing them in provocative or threatening positions, until new emotions emerge - fear, anxiety, lost love, even death. This approach turns decay and forgotten memories into fantastical imageries reminiscent of the traditional XVII century French still lifes.
Sometimes, I try to explain to myself the strange and disparate concoctions suggested by my imagination but mostly, I am left with more questions than answers.
Hopefully you will discover explicit or diffuse associations that may or may not have anything to do with my personal views, but the symbols are all there for the audience's choosing, from tempus fugit to the inevitability of our final demise, all “Open to Interpretation.”
I invite you to write your reaction to this series.