Weird. Wonderful. Wednesday.
Hello Weird Wonderful Wednesday photography.
Featured by the renowned F-Stop Magazine, photographer Lauren E. Simonutti creates black and white images packed full of narrative.
The photos featured here are from the series 8 rooms, 7 mirrors, 6 clocks, 2 minds and 199 panes of glass. Simonutti spent over three years in relative solitude and used photography to document her personal experience of isolation and descent into fragmented thinking during this time.
“Madness strips things down to their core. It takes everything and in exchange offers only more madness, and the occasional ability to see things that are not there.”
The illustrative nature of these photographs combined with soft focus suggests we’ve entered a dream-world, a world departed from our own. They’re dark, edgy, and they eat you up.
Translucent, half-imagined limbs and objects connote the fragility of memory; the harsh reality of time is also repeatedly referenced with a straightforward inclusion of semiotics – clocks, birthdays, books. Using herself as an important reference of emotion (leading us further into her world) we can gain insight into the loneliness and heightened emotional drama of these moments, these thousands of moments she spent alone.
For me, the most appealing aspect of Simonutti’s images is their inherent quietness. Intended or not, they personify the quiet before the storm. I do hope the storm never arrived, as although I like the mutable idea of madness I’m not quite sure if I’d like to meet it.
See Lauren E. Simonutti’s Flickr stream here.