Pain Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

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In “Pain Is In The Eye Of The Beholder” I tackled visuals that balanced on the thin line between the traditional photographic image and computer renderings. I was intrigued by the notion of “surface” in photography and the inherent difficulty of photography in conveying the core of an event.
I delved into the feeling of pain as a starting point for the visuals and to support my work I got great inspiration from this quote from The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt:
“Indeed, the most intense feeling we know of, intense to the point of blotting out all other experiences, namely, the experience of great bodily pain, is at the same time the most private and least communicable of all. Not only is it perhaps the only experience which we are unable to transform into a shape fit for public appearance, it actually deprives us of our feeling for reality to such an extent that we can forget it more quickly and easily than anything else. There seems to be no bridge from the most radical subjectivity, in which I am no longer “recognizable,” to the outer world of life. Pain, in other words, truly a borderline experience between life as “being among men” (inter homines esse) and death, is so subjective and removed from the world of things and men that it cannot assume an appearance at all."
Ultimately, I found that only through manipulating the image further, detaching it from the traditional photographic act, can one truly begin to trigger an affect that would somehow better convey the pain of the other.

30x45cm, Aluminium print

30x45cm, Aluminium print

30x45cm, Aluminium print

30x45cm, Aluminium print

30x45cm, Aluminium print