Cameras do not report only one reality but the world as the photographer sees it. Commonly, an image is believed to be ‘real’ or at least an accurate portrayal of reality. A large component of the perception of reality in images has to do with the way photographs imitate our three dimensional world. In Pressed Landscapes, Samantha Chrysanthou subverts this traditional use of photography.
Through careful selection of subject matter, finely tuned compositions and deliberate work with focal length, the photographs in Pressed Landscapes portray a world flattened and static in time – as if pressed in the pages of a scrapbook. This whimsical take on traditional landscape photography at once reveals the hand of the photographer while simultaneously inviting us to ponder the world beyond the fixed photo on the page.
Watch for the finished project, 2017.