AbstractsLaw & Legal Studies


by Yao Lu

Institution: California State University – Northridge
Department: Department of Art
Degree: MA
Year: 2013
Keywords: Hidden; Art photography; Dissertations, Academic  – CSUN  – Art.
Record ID: 1994496
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.2/3281


Most people are busy with work and life, and don???t have time to notice small details. American photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971) said, ???I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn???t photograph them.??? Her words resonate, as I use my camera to create hidden relationships among ordinary details in order to give them new life. Unlike Diane Arbus who explored socially ???hidden??? populations, I am drawn to common, inanimate objects. In the series ???Hidden,??? common subjects become the focal point in my photographs. These include curtains, spider webs, and shadows, and they absorb and radiate their own particular light. I use the camera???s frame to create unexpected formal relationships in an attempt to transform these common subjects into aesthetic objects worthy of contemplation.