TWISTING THE NIPPLE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC REPRESENTATION
I was heavily inspired by many surrealist photographers and artists in the 1960s – 90s during my uni years. I loved the malleable nature of photography which enables one to present both part-truths and lies at the same time. However, a surrealist approach now in photography seems to have a very little impact than it used to in the past because of the ubiquity of post-production techniques. I was frustrated and I started digging into DIY aesthetics. I’ve figured that making a trick too perfect would make one simply assume the trick is done in post. The jumping / flying on a broomstick was a good one – at a glance, the images look like they are flying (in relations to how the act of jumping on a broom connotes in our culture) but it is also recognisable that they are jumping at the same time because they are photographs and not paintings.
I started taking photos of my uni friends who I could share in-jokes with and bring naughty elements and props into the set. The act of jumping on a broomstick was just so ridiculous and fun that it was quite easy to convince my friends to do silly things – in a collaborative manner – such as ‘casually jump on a broom while your partner is taking a shower’ or ‘jump on the broom looking scared (while his partner was hanging upside down imitating a scene from a horror movie).