'Portrait Obscura' is a project/series designed during my A Level photography course. Since my first portraiture project in my AS photography course, I have wanted to work on my portraiture work, and since the last project was working on emotions then this project would also tie in with that. But this year, I wanted to go about further, and explore psychological effects behind photography. When I say this, I mean how some photographers choose to pick a certain topic lets say, claustrophobia, and convey that theme through their subject. But there are many emotions and psychological themes that are included within pieces, and some pieces invoke a psychological response in the viewer.
So whether or not its a direct psychological theme within a picture or a psychological effect that the viewer experiences, the whole concept of changing the views on emotions and fears is definitely an interest of mine
When researching about photographers that may provide a basis to start my concept, I came across a German photographer by the name of August Sanders, and from this I was able to look at his techniques and concepts behind his black and white portraiture work.
So basically what 'Portrait Obscura' is about is to do with how by using masks, you create a sense of confusion and unknown, and how experimenting with this can I cause a sense of fear within the viewer. Are we really scared of the unknown?
We spend so much of our lives reading people's facial expressions and then all of a sudden, we can't.... So does this create confusion?
But it's also experimenting and seeing how we react to the idea of portraiture but without a face...