"The Picture of Dorya Glenn" is a surrealist romance noir between a writer and a photographer, between the image and the word. (Launch September 2017)
A novelist and a photographer collide. And there is an extraterrestrial murder involved.
A photo novel/phiction by Julie O’yang (novelist) and Filip Naudts (photographer)
Part I. The picture of Dorya Glenn, a short story by Julie O’Yang
Novelist Julia Oz and paparazzi photographer Filip N. encounter each other in the same story without being aware of it at first. However, as the story progresses, they slowly realise that they will have to eliminate the other to stay alive. Meet Dorya Glenn. The heroine from Julia's story is an alien. Dorya is the female dictator of Altair IV, a.k.a. the Forbidden Planet. Her haunting albinist beauty is the soul and binding force for both spiritual and economic life of the future humanity. Dorya symbolises the Power that controls “the mind”; she even has control over her own creation. This is why Julia plans to kill her in order to free herself from the She-ruler’s boundless lust for power. But when paparazzi photographer Filip N. enters her story all of a sudden, the writer is not even sure whether he is an ally or an enemy. The triangle tension of the threesome will finally take the reader to the end of a captivating murder mystery.
Set in an unknown future, The Picture of Dorya Glenn is about the reality of now. The title tips off Oscar Wilde’s philosophical novel, but most of all it is a story about the way we live today.
Part II. Filip’s photographic approach to Julie’s Dorya Glenn
Filip N. spies excessively on Julia Oz sitting at her writing table. The paparazzi photographer is obsessed with his subject. The two of them met at an earlier occasion when the photographer made a portrait of the writer. But it’s not a portrait in a strict sense. In his work Filip N. has intentionally manipulated the image so that we can hardly recognize her: he has transformed his subject into an albino. Filip is eager to explore the psychological consequences his work would have on his model. As an Artist he believes in his influencing power, which is similar to the Shaman practising hypnosis on his crowd. However, the ultimate image experiment shall take place in Julia’s home. Filip decides to approach the writer who seems to be caught in a writing trance by entering her real, everyday life, and during this entire process he attempts to trick Julia's mind by using highly stylised, erotic images, including those of himself captured unexpectedly but audaciously through his own lens. He documents her body carefully, uncovering every intimate detail. He even installs security cameras to “study” her. This infuriates Julia. She feels intimidated and starts to show signs of anxiety. As she tries to wake from her trance, she realises there is but one thing she can do to free herself from Filip’s grip...
1. Word vs. Image: Which is more powerful? The reader/viewer should decide.
2. Present vs. Future: Dorya Glenn is science fiction, but it reflects today's reality.
3. Privacy vs.surveillance culture. Dorya Glenn addresses the current global trend: Big Brother is watching us.
4. Erotic & pornography.
Photography of China published an annoucement on their blog a short while ago. Read here.
Also Showbizz reported about our work in progress:
Julie O’yang and Filip Naudts mastermind a wild plan
Last week Dutch-Chinese writer Julie O’yang flew over from Denmark where she is currently living and visited Filip Naudts’ studio in Belgium. The two of them have been working on a cross-cultural art project over the past year, which will result in a sci-fi photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. The authors don’t wish to give away details yet, but the story centres upon an alien who walks around dressed in a see-through burqa. The first photo shoot took place in northern France. Now it was the occasion for the duo to put the dot on the i in Lochristi, Naudts’ studio and artistic hotbed. This book stands out in every way as we are told that their creative bond will also be fuelled by Eurorocker Arno, who has authorized his participation in the project. English version | Dutch version.
Risks and challenges
As creators of Dorya Glenn, we have been haunted by her for the past months. There were nights that we woke to the sound of a popped lock and we jerked our exhausted eyes wide open to catch the trace of her blue veil in the dark. We fear for you, dear reader, that you would lose your innoncence like we did.
And oh, another risk involves addiction, from which you may NOT want to recover and then you will find yourself reaching for the book to read it from cover to cover again --
Are you ready to join our adventure?
- (30 days)