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Contours – Grids
Contours is an ongoing photographic project which considers the shape and texture of the human body. By projecting symmetrical grids and lines onto bodies in darkness, the human form is rendered simple, familiar, and unusual.
The images in the series challenge notions about identity. The subjects are anonymous, little more than a series of lines, but the unforgiving grid shows the topography of their body.
Details emerge in the lines; skin texture, hair, tattoos, the glint of an eye, all hinting at the individual hidden in the abstract.
Each of the participants has contributed different things to the projects, with different body shapes and different characters, and often with very specific reasons for participating.
Some have viewed it as an opportunity to challenge themselves, safe in the darkness of the studio. Some have been attracted to the idea of having their form reduced so starkly, of being dehumanised, even though character is never truly eliminated from the images.
Some of the strongest images arose from those who collaborated rather than just contributed, when both participant and photographer challenged each other and themselves by exploring different approaches to the relationship between body and mind.
The results are works which remove so many of the aspects typically associated with identity, and also challenge what it means to have form.