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BA (Hons) Photography

Martin Wilson

A face that cannot quite be 

My photographs deal not only with deformation and degradation, but with movement; specifically a movement that is unusual or chaotic. Contorted kinetic energies, perhaps in one reality perfectly rational, become frozen in a twisted fit, a still seizure - a version of someone who was "normal", but through the photographic process has become changed. Sometimes imperceptibly, sometimes to a more extreme extent.

Looking at common features, using our brains' ability to rationalise a face from very little or very skewed information. The connotations of the images also lead to questions of disability and facial disfigurement. 

The production of the work looks at the concept of degradation through reproduction and an almost unnecessary use of traditional photographic technology, in conjunction with digital. Starting with a digital image I employ low quality printing to produce a paper negative. This creates a darkroom print, but with uncertain origins. 

Martin Wilson

Martin Wilson

Martin Wilson

Martin Wilson

Tags: Darkroom, Degradation, Digital, Digital Negative, Disfigured, Disfigurement, Indentify, Paper Negative, Portrait, Portraiture, Process, Reproduction, The Uncanny, Traditional, Uncanny

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