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Title: Falling into photography : on loss, desire and the photographic
Author: Teichmann, Esther
ISNI:       0000 0004 2733 1942
Awarding Body: Royal College of Art
Current Institution: Royal College of Art
Date of Award: 2011
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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 representation. 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 necessarily bound to the maternal. The relationship between mourning and the creative process is explored throughout the writing, with emphasis on the photographic object, process and encounter.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: W640 Photography