H I D D E N
H I D D E N
The Hidden photobook features conceptual black and white photographs about obscured dimensions of humans
The Hidden photobook features conceptual black and white photographs about obscured dimensions of humans Read more
The Hidden Collection is the result of my obsession with lighting techniques in photography. I tried to use lighting techniques to reflect the inside hidden thoughts and emotions of the subjects and get as far as I can from the mainstream photography. Using a large projector connected to my laptop, I had a full control over what should be projected and how intense the light should be. Once the set was ready, I shot a black and white photograph with my camera.
The project was completed in 2011, while I was working on my master thesis in Trondheim, Norway. The artworks, however, remained in my archive for 6 years until I was introduced to Kickstarter as a way to raise funding to publish the book.
On the nude photography
Nude photography is like French fries and ketchup! Some people might refer to it as the best food and others - including myself - will argue that although edible, it is not even food.
French fries and ketchup provide a fast and tasty way to fulfill hunger, but it only provides the materials to satisfy a drive in the shortest time possible: oil, carbohydrates, and sugar. Nude photography is just like French fries, austere and plain, yet provoking and satisfying an instinct right away. Because of these characteristics, nude photography has a special place in photography and of course, cinematography. Year after year, filmmakers add more and more nudity to visual arts to attract more audience. I am not against it, but only when it has to add something to the story. Otherwise, it kills my respect for the director of the film. Photographers also take advantage of nudity, which explains why nude photography is so popular and books - even with terribly bad snapshots - sell thousands of copies. Long story short, nudity pokes an instinct to attract attention.
My ideas about how nudity can "hurt" an artwork, whether it is a film or a photograph, took form around the same time I started working on the HIDDEN project. Within this project, I wanted to focus on what is hidden inside the body and forget about the beauty of the body itself. I made it clear to the volunteered subjects that I have no intention of taking "sexy photographs" at all. The results, in my opinion, were inspiring. While in some of the photographs it is clear that the subjects were naked, this is literally the last thing that an audience pays attention to. Instead, somehow the audience sympathizes with and relates to the subject's emotions instead of being aroused. I hope these photographs strike the new audience in the same way, provoking thoughts and emotions that go deeper than physical beauty.
The prints are available in three different sizes of 30x20 cm (12"x8"), 75x50 cm (30"x20"), and 150x100 cm (59"x39") with prices ranging from €59 to €999.
If the project gets funded, I will add a complete numbered list of available prints. Those who have backed a signed print can contact me and specify the photographs' numbers that they wish to have. I will post all the information as soon as the project gets funded.
Here are a few examples from the book! Those who back the book or a print, will get to see the complete list of the photographs as soon as the project gets funded :-)
Poem & Music
The poem that is read in the film expresses my own thoughts about the HIDDEN project. I would like to thank Duncan Gibb for editing and reading the poem for the film, and producing music for the project that I hope will be available soon. Duncan is a talented musician and you can listen to his recent album on Bandcamp. We are currently collaborating to produce some artworks (music/video) within the theme of the current project.
Here you can listen to the poem and a demo of the music tracks.
Risks and challenges
The risks of the current project are minor. The project is accomplished, the book is ready for print, and the prints are also ready to be printed and shipped the same day.
The biggest challenge has been providing the funding required for printing the book (at least 100 copies) and printing and framing the prints for an exhibition.
70% of the funding will be spent on printing 100 copies of the book (or more, in case a dream comes true and more people show interest in the book). The rest of the funding will be used in printing the photographs for the exhibition and framing them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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