Monday, October 17, 2011

Mary and Babe and Fred

Philip-Lorca diCorcia is known for producing highly staged scenes which he then photographs. The final result is meant (maybe?) to come off as if the individuals were captured spontaneously, perhaps even unaware of the photographer’s presence. I like how there is this effect of calling attention to the disparity between a certain “humanness,” or a seemingly uncontrived naturalness, and the unmistakable mannequin-like quality of the individuals. For me, the image is potentially meant to provoke a narrative, but one that could vary inconsistently, depending on the viewer. Yet based on the fact that diCorcia’s approach is so choreographed, what I find beautiful is the way in which he meddles with a viewer’s trust in or interpretation of the reality of the scene, a reality that has already been predetermined for us.

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