Return to the Gaze

December 2, 2009 at 8:57 am

I saw an amazing film the other night called The Mother the Director of Photography was Alwin Kuchler. He is also responsible for the stunning imagery in The Rat Catcher and Morvern Callar. In The Mother there is a strong use of the mirror as the locus for personal reflection beyond the physical which has a common thread with an on going project I have been working on for a few years now called Gazing. The projects inception was based on a wondering, wondering what other people really saw when they looked at themselves in the mirror, do we see our face or do we see beyond this to who we are at that moment, that juncture in our life. Does age, sex, culture have a large part to play in how we interact or feel about the experience of stopping and really looking at ourselves? This project started out with people I knew and has turned into a far more in depth project with most participant now being unknown to me. All of the people who took part in this project looked at themselves for around 5 mins in the mirror they used most frequently; they then recorded in writing what they saw, felt, thought about during the process. The photographs document the gaze, the words open up the person to the viewer. If you would like to see more of this project click here and go the the Gazing section of my website.

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