‘A View From Inside’ is a series of ten digitally manipulated portrait photographs that draw on the principals of 18th century painting to give form to some of the unique realities encountered by different people during psychosis. Visual, auditory and other sensory phenomena that occur during a psychotic episode contradict accepted notions of 'reality', and yet for one person they are absolutely real. In each photograph the external appearance and the internal experiences of the subject are depicted within a single, formally structured portrait. The aim is not to exoticise the ‘unreal’ or bizarre perceptual experiences of the people portrayed, but to use digital media both to explore this notion of 'reality', and to find a visual language that will provoke discussion and add to our understanding of the experience of mental illness, and of psychosis in particular. Each participant has contributed a short written statement to an accompanying book.
Ten digital C-Type prints, 76 x 100cm, mounted on aluminium and framed + limited edition artist’s book.
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