|IN THE PICTURE
As a photographer, my interests have always been concerned with capturing character and narrative. In the Picture is an attempt to bring these concepts together in a fun and interesting way with a series of film-like images in which the story is open to the viewer's imagination. The narrative and chronology of the scenes are deliberately ambiguous but use the clichés and conventions of a particular film genre to help mould the viewer's interpretation. The so-called 'Asia-extreme' film genre was a perfect source material for combining bold visuals with bizarre content as it is characterised by the strange and unpredictable, stories that are essentially allegories and expressions of suppressed emotions and dark desires. Having this genre as the foundation to this project meant I was able to present a collection of images that contained more than one possible meaning; both individually and as a whole. The viewer can see that the scenes are, in some way, linked but the individual determines the correct order and circumstance. This 'open-narrative' theme was largely inspired by the work of artists such as Gregory Crewdson, Philip Lorca DiCorcia and Anna Gaskell whose images force the viewer to consider the surrounding circumstances of each scene. 'In the Picture' is an attempt to take this concept a step further by involving the viewer in, not just one image, but an entire series by presenting a story in its most open form.