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  • Falling into photography on loss desire and the photographic

Teichmann, Esther, 2011, Thesis, Falling into photography on loss desire and the photographic PhD thesis, Royal College of Art.

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Falling into Photography examines the relationship between loss, desire and the imaginary. Across writing, photographic works and film pieces, we move from real to imagined spaces, exploring the boundaries between autobiography and fiction within the alternate orphic worlds evoked. Within staged fantastical images, the subjects are turned-away figures of loss, desired but always already beyond reach. The photographic medium is worked upon with painting, collage and montage, narrative voice over juxtaposed with moving image. Here, the photographic is loosened from its referent, slipping in and out of darkness, cloaked in dripping inks and bathed in subtle hues of tinted light. The spaces inhabited within the films and images are womb-like liquid spaces of night, moving from beds to swamps and caves, from the mother to the lover in search of a primordial return. Central to the work lies an exploration of the origins of fantasy and desire and how these are bound to experiences of loss and rep¬resentation. The following essays explore these themes, interweaving psychoanalysis, philosophy and fiction with the artist’s own prose and visual works. This story of falling, into the image and into love, asks what it is to make a work of art and how this process is necessar¬ily bound to the maternal. The relationship between mourning and the creative process is explored throughout the writing, with empha¬sis on the photographic object, process and encounter.

Qualification Name: PhD
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography > W640 Photography
School or Centre: School of Fine Art
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 10:13
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012 10:14
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1173

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