Windopia

Photography is the art of otherness. A camera in front of my eye makes the outside world come to me. Not like drawing or painting, that feel more like adrenalin surging from unruly glands and bringing an inner world out through my hands. Both experiences are ocularcentric highs.

Windopia (2004) is a hand-printed series of analogue photographs of windows from various countries, mostly Mexico and Guatemala. Windows (view-holes) are a frontier between exterior reality (that ‘otherness’) and our inner vision of it. But personal perspectives invariably cause distortions in image interpretation. Here I have attempted to represent the subjective process of seeing, from multicultural viewpoints.

The Windopia archive includes some one-off pieces made using re-photography. Notice the open/closed shutters? These photographs aim to show the reality that lies beneath the surface by proudly exhibiting their illusory nature.

In awe of Jan Dibbets’s Perspective Corrections, part of the Windopia series does a similar thing: ‘correct’ a ‘flawed’ perspective. But where Dibbets played with human-scale spatial awareness, I played with photographic processes and machinery. Tilting negatives and paper in the darkroom (yes, these are analogue), I created images of visual ambiguity, reiterating the theme of distortion caused by any single point of view.

 

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