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  • Vicky Cardin

Ghosts in the Machine...

This series of self-portraits were inspired by the work of the Pictorialist movement especially female photographers like Julia Margaret Cameron and Gertrude Käsebier and the Victorian tradition of postmortem photography. They were created using an everyday home photocopier to make the images instead of a camera. I loved the shallow depth of field achieved by the copier lens and the intimacy produced by the closeness of my face and hands to the glass echoing the juxtaposition of blurriness and sharp focus inherent in wet plate photography. They related to my thoughts about ageing and mortality, grief and loss, my late mother's jewellery providing a momento mori motif. For my interim show they were printed on A4 high quality cartridge paper with distressed edges and mounted on board to form a grid of 25 images.

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