Photographer Jocelyn Carlin

To Be : Portraits

Jocelyn Carlin is a story-teller she began taking photographs as a child. Guided by the rich history of the medium she moves from reportage to art projects with unflinching enthusiasm. Within the strict and still frame of a photograph she strives to capture the intangible - simple human life.

The process of darkroom portraiture was directly inspired by Len Lye’s photograms.

It’s a re-discovery of the craft of photography; reveling in the mysteries of a seemingly archaic darkroom, combining technique with observation, pairing artistic intent with uncertainty of outcome. These portraits are a new way of seeing ourselves but being reminiscent of eighteenth century silhouettes, they are anchored in the past [the immensely popular shadow tracings were a cheap quick method of recording a person’s profile. Bill Jay on Photography, From Magic to Mimesis]

More than a simple record of a human profile like the Self, they are subtle and complex, layered, textured, flawed and beautiful.

The body of work, To Be: Portraits, is the newest addition to the greater project Likeness that grew from the objectivity of reportage, and evolved into something else – less objective, but more essential to the concerns of the human-life-teller.

In Kakashi, (see this web site ) Japanese Scarecrows are fixed to the land like idols to an ominous contemporary culture; their hand-drawn faces frozen, grim and bewildered by the click of the shutter. In Madame Tussauds of London; wax forms imitate life and living forms pose wax-like beside them or search their sightless eyes for proof of an absent spark. Metaphor Metaphor questions how we see ourselves, our communities, our cultures – and reflects the answers back with cold clarity.

Other Galleries in this exhibition
Likeness Metaphor Metaphor | Kakashi - Scarecrow | Madame Tussauds of London | To Be : Portraits