Reflective Statement -
I ordinarily don't like to title my projects, as I feel that often sets up the viewer to have a formulated perception of the image/s. It creates bias, if you will, preventing them from coming to their own self directed conclusion. But in this circumstance, I had a specific concept in mind and wanted to convey something definite.
My concept for this is actually more of a focus on the inherent reaction of the onlooker to the work rather than the work itself. My aim was to eliminate the central focus that people naturally seek when looking at a portrait, with this being the eyes.
I wanted to create something which interrupted people's natural expectations, addressing the issue of complacence and the human ability of missing details in day to day life due to the formation of a pre-conceived idea as a product of familiarity.
Through this elimination I had hoped to awaken the viewer's awareness and force them to inspect the image further rather than take it for face value. To break out of that familiarity, to question and inspire imagination. It is through this that I hope to "change my world" - to open the minds of others and spark intrigue within them.
(Apologies, the quality isn't of the greatest - the images in person look stunning and the colours are more correct)
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Artist's Gouaché on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, mounted on 10mm foam core.
(All images photographed, edited, and painted by myself)
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This submission is for the "Billy Blue Change Your World" contest entry.