Sheridan O'Neal submits Elina Brotherus #10
Brotherus is a Finnish photographer who works in France. Her photographs examine the human figure and how it interacts in a setting and with other people. All of her photos seem uncomfortable and as if the viewer is the one being examined. I love the way the viewer is drawn in but distanced at the same time as if the artist doesn't believe you will be able to understand her or whats happening. I think her photos with just one model are the most successful because they connect with the viewer more. Whenever she has two figures they seem cliche and more posed. It just doesn't do the same thing has the solitary figures. Her series "The New Painting" interests me the most. In her statement, she describes the figure as an aesthetic choice as an object used for external interest only, not psychological. She claims this choice because she is attempting to explore photography as "the new painting" by confronting color, form, three dimensional representation. I think this is successful in her photographs of landscapes in this body of work. However, when she introduces the solitary figure into the images it does display all the things she is looking for but it also feels very psychological.