“To take photographs is to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second - both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same axis.” Henri Cartier-Bresson from the “The Minds eye”
I recently retired from my position as photographer at Christies Inc. in New York, but I am still shooting.
My fascination with photographing dolls stems from the storytelling and social commentary possibilities. My favorite is an Alexandra doll body with Barbie doll legs. For me the combination speaks to the woman/girl issue on so many levels, one being that society pushes girls to grow up so fast. Trying to retain the child in me while keeping the woman strong and adult is yet another.
This mask project is my most current and it is a crossover with the doll series. I photographed the faces of dolls and printed them as masks and my models became giant dolls. The models chose their own masks from the collection and their own pose and I struggled to put my head, eye and heart on the same axis in that moment.
The blurred fruit and flowers started as an accident and became an obsession, I love what happens to the image as it is stretched and shifted and it has now carried over into the urban landscapes. I am of course now starting to blur the dolls. The passion for the process and the image takes over and I am charging forward into a new idea again.
|All images copyright 2006, Christine Linder.|