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BA (Hons) Photography

Christopher Merrington

My work concerns ideas used in advertising. Dull repetition, bright colours, deceptive lighting, glossy pages are all attempts to force us into buying bland objects, sustaining our life, escaping from the world and forgetting the bleak.

Consumerism is an attempt to resist the inevitable, to render oneself permanent through the creation of a personal archive, to grab a small part of the world and keep it forever.

Using negatives created via a bleaching process of polaroid film, I create monochromatic images that are both an attempt to create multiple archives and an exploration into the creation of personal domestic utopias.

This desire for utopia is in constant flux with the realist inside of me. The idea of a perfect space is one of fantasy, nothing lasts forever, and nothing is truly perfect. Objects won’t stop outside pressures from creeping into our lives, they merely help us to ignore  them temporarily. 

“Kidnapped civilians beheaded immortally on the internet. Email it to all your friends, you're all so removed. They aren't even people to you”

-Adam Gnade

Christopher Merrington - Kidnapped civilian

Kidnapped civilian

Christopher Merrington - Kidnapped civilian

Kidnapped civilian

Christopher Merrington - Kidnapped civilian

Kidnapped civilian

Tags: Blue, Green, Monochromatic, Red, Rgb

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