Too close for comfort explores the obscure nature of the subconscious mind, by combining written storytelling and abstract macro photography. The title was inspired by the song, sung by Eartha Kitt, ‘too close for comfort’ in 1965. The song strongly reminds me of sexual misconduct.
What I exhibit in Too Close for Comfort is how my often vivid nightmares manifest dark episodes, which are influenced by real-life situations or thoughts. I turned my nightmares into flash stories to bring out the photographs. My photographs display the uncomfortable closeness of the human body and how that makes us feel.
Ultimately, this photo literacy series merges social issues with horror stories. The emotional value of the photographs is subtly disturbing and provoking.
I have noticed over time a few already made content has reflected into my work, The Shivering Truth is a show I tend to try and forget but secretly admire the obvious gore to highlight social, political, and religious issues. The Shivering Truth is the weirdest, humorous, and most frightening concept of the unconscious mind. The Shivering Truth connects the idea of the unconscious by creating an ominous and startling animation that is dedicated to telling horrifying tales which we purposely avoid thinking about.
Coraline is troublingly creepy for a family-friendly animated film. Coraline has stuck with me for years because it is so distinct from ordinary horror. Coraline steps outside of your typical family-friendly film, it grabs a hold of what makes you comfortable and rips it apart. The 'other' mother's desire for control and her intention to limit Coraline's freedom is presented eerily. The button eyes signify that the other mother sees Coraline as a doll.
Shirley Jackson's Dark Tales has a sense of menace, suspense, and mystery, it's an unsettling feeling and a misleading sense of normality. Her writing style is clear and lets your imagination do the work, I adore this type of writing because the author knows where the route of the fear comes from.
David Cronenberg is one of my favourite directors. He makes the most effective skin-crawling films that were always ahead of his time. Cronenberg's psychological drama, Spider is a slow-paced, quiet film that is thoroughly creepy and hypnotic.
Tim Booth's display of hands is extraordinary in A Show of Hands. Booth proves he isn't afraid of stepping into the abstract form of photography during a documentary. Booth successfully emphasises the meaning with detail and focus. Tim Booth is one of my favourite portrait photographers because he doesn't capture their faces, he shoots unusual forms of how we can identify a person and what story we can tell just by their fingers.
Symbolism brings out the unique ability to express. Symbolism is heavily supported in Too Close for Comfort.
The titles portray real-life events or situations I have found myself in. Nail is when I accidentally stepped on nails at the beach, one nail lodged into my toe and the lifeguard had to pull it out and bandage it. Spiders is when I was a kid, I was sitting in the garden holding ice cream, I was paying no attention to this gigantic spider that crawled up my arm and rested on the top of my ice cream until I went to lick, the spider caught my eye and I immediately dropped the cone.
The story mountain is true, it was located in Iceland, I briefly mention the story in 'landscapes'.
Ripples is about my first publication, Elephant is in memory of my gran, Lurenda. Sun is for my first wildlife photograph, which was taken in Greece, the insect was an Egyptian Locust.
Once you hover over the image, it turns black, this is the reflection of you but the concept was inspired by Black Mirror. The title Too Close for Comfort is a song by Eartha Kitt, as mentioned above.
I used my Nikon D5300 base, a 105mm Sigma lens, and my desk lamp in a pitch-black room. My camera settings were; Aperture, f/11, 1/2000 sec, ISO-3200.
I don't like using tripods, I did start to shake after a few minutes as I was holding the lens at a weird angle to get the odd shape of my skin right but I find tripods to be quite limiting to your movement, I try to avoid tripods in photography unless I desperately need one.
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