Photographs tell stories whether it is personality or portrayal of an event. They are mostly two dimensional, intact and often cherished in frames. Picture perfect.
Seeing the hidden image from the reverse of the front page,
revealed by a torn glossy magazine cover, I started to think of a
narative that might be appropiate to a photograph; by tearing it and
bringing it to the front it would reveal the inside, like the layers of
an onion being peeled away.
Derelict was the first piece that took me on a "selfie" journey using
this technique. There are many aspects of our personalaties that
we are not neccessarily enamored by; elements of ourselves that
we don't like or address. This photograph is about my personal
demons revealed and removed. Finding a location for such a shoot
required privacy and a particular look. Some derelict buildings on
the north circular were perfect. I had to move quickly before they
were demolished and developed. Together with my assistant, a fake
pistol, bottle of fake blood and a large plastic sheet we headed to
the location.Fortunately it was a warm spring day and the light
inside and out was perfect. There was a vagrant living there but no
sign of him, so we set to work quickly. A bit of guerrilla
photography always sharpens the mind. Thirty minutes later we
were finished leaving only a blood splatter on the wall which may
have been a bit disturbing for the solitary resident.
This concept has endless possibilities, from beast to beauty.