Grey

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This series, Grey, explores the themes of camouflage, isolation, absence, presence and space that emerge from the main subject; the human figure. The idea of camouflage, and the ability to blend into the world around us is something that we, as humans do. Similarly to making oneself comfortable or “at home” in a guests’ house. No matter where people are in the world they have a chameleon-like desire to find their place. This series of images takes that concept and brings it to a larger scale.

When we study camouflage it teaches us to look at the surrounding world and how we can conceal ourselves in and among the photographs of that world. These portraits take an anonymous figure and place them within various sublime landscapes in an attempt to blend into their natural environment. At first glance the images may appear to be about the landscape, however it is actually about the subject within that atmosphere. The introduction of a figure into a landscape photograph affords the ability to express a further meaning. Photographing the invisible, the unseen, or in this case the unknown enhances the reoccurring idea of absence versus presence. This is also depicted through shooting in abandoned landscapes, where there are no observers or interruptions, just complete isolation. Thus, playing with the viewers’ idea of reality.

The most important part of this series was finding the location(s). Akin to hunting an animal with a gun, one must search for the perfect image by hunting with their camera. Much thought and research went into finding the various natural environments that were photographed such as the Scarborough Bluffs, Rattlesnake Point and Edwards Gardens. Even then, one must continue to hunt until they capture the idea they had in mind. To hold the viewers’ attention the landscape needs to be more than the usual mundane, it needs to captivate, something Grey does remarkably well in the end stage.