All images via Juxtapoz MagazineI tend to struggle with contemporary photography and its role in the art world. Don't get me wrong there are a many talented photographers that create beautiful and meaningful images. However, with today's photo-editing software almost anything is possible and in that I find myself bored with the typical photoshop magic trick. You know, turning a model into a mermaid, making a person float mid-air, or hyper-editing facial wrinkles? So when I saw the work of Laura Plageman and her innovative approach to photography my faith in the art form was immediately revitalized.
Plageman's most recent project "Response" attempts to challenge the idea of space, both in nature and in two dimensional images. Photography is innately an art form based on documentation and with that a certain sense of veracity is implied within each picture. Plageman produces the allusion of three dimensionality and spacial warping by photographing a natural landscape and then manipulating the printed photo so that light and shadow challenge depth and perspective. She then rephotographs the picture reintroducing two-dimensional documentation. Thus, by creating a new version of space in capturing reality (without the overuse of digital software) Plageman achieves that of what the Cézanne and Picasso did with painting- spacial reconstruction. In this I my mind is quite