Breaking

Isobel Foster

When creating the series ‘WOMAN’ I was thinking a lot about how we perceive beauty in society and perhaps whether this obsession with the beautiful was a little dangerous. To make the images I photographed women on 35mm monochromatic film and then used fire to distort and warp the negative. I wanted to demonstrate the reckless side of beauty and how damaging the effects can be.

I printed through these in the darkroom. Each time the negative is handled it partially breaks away or changes. Each image is therefore unique and can’t be recreated, like every woman. Although this ‘error’ is in fact deliberate in my series, using fire as an artistic tool is uncontrollable which resulted in images that I couldn’t possibly predict. Each photograph is so unique and the traces left by fire cannot be reconstructed.

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