LAURA
FOSTER




Each and every person; every age, race and gender, is condemned to the unrealistic view of beauty being inflicted upon us every day. While there is an ever-growing acceptance of those who may be seen as different, there is still a visible conflict between the ways that we conform to a traditional stereotype of how we are expected to look, and what we are expected to see in those around us.

Photography clearly has a relationship to this stereotype and ideology of the ‘beautiful’. This relationship can be confronted by pushing the limits of the photograph to show something that the naked eye does not see - directly reflecting back the distorted vision of the portrait, the human form and the idea of beauty that society has created.

This work uses photography’s capacity to distort and destroy conventional forms, shifting photographic vision to question whether we can not only distort the truth, but use these distortions to reveal a subconscious truth itself. Simply, finally show us what we really see.