Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I hope my viewer can hear my voice throughout this series. I myself have struggled with this series because night photography is inherently a challenging medium. The right light, angles, and shutter speed are key components in my work. I believe the detached emotion of my work better enables the mysterious scenes to appear. Through this, I display seemingly normal environments that are unthreatening in the day, a dark and mysterious universe when shown at night.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
I hope my viewer can hear my voice through these pieces. I myself have struggled with this series because night photography is inherently a daunting task. The right light, angles, and shutter speed have dictated my thought process throughout this venture. I believe that through this detached style, which follows the contemporary deadpan technique, I have accurately portrayed seemly normal environments with a mystical flare using light and color.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Through this shift in my artistic education, my style of photos has changed as well. Currently, I am working on a night photography series that incorporates elements of deadpan photography.
Two examples of this photographic skill are James Casebere’s Pink Hallway #3 and Rut Blees Luxemburg’s Nach Innen/In Deeper.
Both of theses photos utilize environment, natural elements (water in both), an absence of human activity, and a non-specific subject matter. Using these photos, I have become to understand my own work in my series and continue to pursue this artistic direction.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
McMurdo has been involved with many projects, publications and exhibits. She is most famously recognized for her self-titled publication, Wendy McMurdo, which was published in 1998. McMurdo has been published in collections of contemporary photography works, including David Campany’s book titled, Art and Photography . Her work has appeared in exhibits around the world. A particular series, “Through the Looking Glass: Childhood in Contemporary Photography”, was shown at the Louis Glucksman Gallery in Cork, Ireland in 2005. (
Below, we view McMurdo’s work with a postmodern lens and an insight to her special medium.
Using new media technology, McMurdo is capable of creating tableau photography. Her work often features the use of a doppelgänger, which is a German word used to describe the look-alike of a person. This form of tableau art is exemplified in the Verizon Wireless Campaign, “Dead Zones”.
Continually, we see McMurdo’s work lacking the emotion in which we connect as childish or playful. The point of her focus is to view children unattached within adult environments. Instead, McMurdo shows children as beings that probe, question, and challenge the environments that surround them. Additionally, all the subjects of her work portray the critical “gaze”. In an interview with Sheila Lawson, McMurdo states, “If one of the figures had been looking out of the group toward the viewer they would be very different images. They only look inward, toward the group; their gaze(s) never meet and in a way the image itself becomes sightless” (Brittain 254).
McMurdo continues to produce work that exemplifies contemporary art theory and incorporates the use of technology. While challenging the ideology of youthful subjectivity in art, McMurdo sets precedent for contemporary media and advertising. She has created a name that is a consistent in her medium and whom deserves recognition for her innovative artistic approaches.