Duplicity

2017

Photography Series

Duplicity

Duplicity: deceitfulness in speech or conduct; the state or quality of having two elements of parts; being twofold or double.

My research for this work originated from the essay by Henry M Sayre, The Rhetoric of the Pose Photography and the Portrait as Performance (1975). This essay discusses the concept of photography as a predetermined medium.  This led me to think about how images, particularly in this modern age, can be manipulated to portray what we want them to, rather than being actual fact.  My research looked into photographers such as Eadweard Muybridge, who used photography as a scientific tool to capture something that the human eye could not and therefore determined the truth. Duplicity aims to portray a combination of these two opposing photographic techniques.  These images showcase the passing of time in one still frame and whilst they represent a truthful progression, the images are completely falsified.

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