Wrapped

Through research I discovered a theory about visual memory (sometimes called the minds eye) which states the mind interprets images rather then just seeing them, meaning there is no direct connection between what we see, and what the mind interprets that we see.

Our mind works like a computer and processes various images together to create a picture of the world for us. Our past experiences, memories and interactions with an object or place are combined with the present to shape the world as we see it. In essence the reality of vision is quite subjective, for instance if visual information is missing from a scene or something is out of place people will create their own visions of the world by replacing the missing visual information or omitting the out of place object from the scene. I was interested in representing this though photographic means because a photograph can only record what is actually visible. To do this I sourced everyday objects that most people are familiar with; I wrapped the objects in white cloth and photographed the object on a white cloth background.

The images in this project were shot with very little contrast between the subject and the background creating a tension for the viewer. The object was missing information that the viewer needs to access the scene, the objects scale was distorted, the color was missing, logos and markings were not available and the context of the object was out place.  By photographing the object in such a way the viewer would us long term visual memory to replace the object, with there own interpretation of the object in his mind even if unaware of it.