Landscape, and its often clichéd pictorial conventions, is at the core of my series Constructed Landscapes. The Thames, serving as it does as an ideal backdrop for tourist shots, picture postcards and professional photographers alike, seemed a fitting way to respond to the idea of My London, and to extend this body of work. Produced by collaging and seaming multiple negatives taken in close succession at the same location, the source images are reconfigured and abstracted beyond recognition. Any obviously man-made structures and living beings are obliterated, while human presence is reasserted through manual intervention – gaps (voids), overlaps and marks – allowing the work to mimic and form new elements of landscape. By disrupting composition and distorting perspective, these landscapes point to the constructed nature of the photographic image and, beyond the frame, to a more complex version of reality.
All my work is driven by an aspiration for greater universality: in a sense, this could be any river, an imaginary place rooted in reality. Despite its obvious construction, I hope it remains believable on some level. Ultimately, I like the thought that what may initially be perceived as divisive is what can also bring us together.
Dafna Talmor — Constructed Landscapes by Fw:Books available for pre-order www.fw-books.nl