Rita Kidd

Trace, 2017

The relationship between photography and the real is tumultuous, ongoing and unresolved, stemming from a divide within photography between the real and the reality a photograph depicts. My work, Trace examines this relationship in a series of seemingly abstract landscape photographs that exist in two opposite photographic paradigms; the ‘real’ (indexical) and the constructed (imagined).

The landscape is reinterpreted and reimagined according to individual subjectivity to illustrate a photographs ability to be both indexical and constructed and subvert the expectation of a photograph as only a representation of the real. The work depicts details of the Blue Mountains enhanced by natural light brought into focus against the darkness that consumes the image. This darkness acts a metaphor for the photograph itself as an object that hides more than it reveals.

The photographs are digitally altered to push their appearance into the realm of the ambiguous. Their ambiguous appearance hides the state of the landscape as it appeared in reality, acting as both a representation and an abstraction of the landscape. The work utilises the real landscape to create photographically ‘imagined’ landscapes that examine photography’s complex connection to the real. The result is a series of photographs that are both landscape photographs and not photographs of the landscape.

Untitled (From the series Trace), 2017
Inkjet print on metallic paper
84 cm x 47 cm (33 in x 18.5 in)
Edition of 3; 1 AP

Untitled (From the series Trace), 2017
Inkjet print on metallic paper
55 cm x 84 cm (21 in x 33 in)
Edition of 3; 1 AP

Untitled (From the series Trace), 2017
Inkjet print on metallic paper
84 cm x 47 cm (33 in x 18.5 in)
Edition of 3; 1 AP

Untitled (From the series Trace), 2017
Inkjet print on metallic paper
84 cm x 47 cm (33 in x 18.5 in)
Edition of 3; 1 AP

Untitled (From the series Trace), 2017
Inkjet print on metallic paper
55 cm x 84 cm (21 in x 33 in)
Edition of 3; 1 AP