PHOTO WORLD MAGAZINE
Expanded Photography: Persistence of the Photographic (Excerpt)
Dominic Hawgood uses computer-generated imagery to test the limits of what we perceive to be real in photography. This image is a computer-generated rendering of an exhibition rather than an actual photograph, a strategy that allows the artist to imaginatively project what an ideal exhibition would look like, and in practical terms to solve curatorial problems, and to circulate his work in its ideal form. Some of the images within the rendered exhibition show objects that have been computer generated rather than photographed. Showing scenes and objects associated with exorcisms at African pentacostal churches around London, the images reflect on the extremes of human experience and what is felt as authentic or real. The form the work takes is highly mediated via various digital processes, yet the investigation remains close to questions about the possibilities and purpose of photography in relation to human truth.
In these works of expanded photography we see a number of tensions, between image and object, between craft and concept, between representation and presentation. In all cases, the work pushes beyond photography’s traditional domains of the wall, the page and the screen, yet retains a deep connection to a photographic idea or impulse.
Dr Lucy Soutter is an artist, critic and art historian. She is Senior Tutor in the Department of Critical and Historical Studies Humanities at the Royal College of Art and is the author of Why Art Photography? (London: Routledge, 2013).
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