A Day at Home, the new photographic series by Charlotte Colbert, playfully explores the relationship between the imagined and the real within the context of the home. She loosely parallels the writer and the housewife as figures struggling to distinguish between the two, their identities dissolving within the huis-clos of their setting and imaginings.
The black and white images, shot on medium format film and shown within the context of their original negative, are like surreal fragments of a dream or nightmare.
“A truly original visual storyteller her images are hauntingly evocative” Laura Bailey, Vogue.
Using long and double exposures as well as props and distorting mirrors, her camera becomes a portal into the mind of a fictional character.
“Some photographers take pictures and others make them. Charlotte is most definitely in the second category, her pictures a gateway into [...] her search for meaning and her very special way of seeing” - Dorothy Bohm, photographer and co-founder Photographer’s Gallery in London.
With playful nods to Bourgeois’ “femme-maison”, the visuals of ruins and fairy tales, Colbert questions the daily insanity of being human, more specifically within the context of the home.
“Sometimes it feels the thread linking us to the world is so frail that at any time it could break leaving us at the mercy of all our repressed confusion, loss and fear” - Charlotte Colbert.
Shot on location, in a derelict house in Bethnal Green, the ruins become a character in themselves, the murky mind-scape from which one cannot escape.
“When I see the pictures I feel the woman is probably sat in her clean and comfortable living room. The decay around her existing solely in her head ” - Mila Askarova.
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