Monday, 23 May 2016

the female gaze.

Locations on show: Cinsy's apartment and Madeleine cafe, London.
Subjects on show: Cinsy Tam.
Camera used: Hasselblad 500c with a 50mm lens.
Film type: Kodak Portra, 400.

The gaze is a social utility of photography, it allows the viewer to gather a personal expression from the subject. We gather a sense of recollection in the structure of a photograph, small glimpses of recognition springs to mind as we look at the pose of a subject or examine the objects that are positioned into the frame. Many of these works can be compared to historical paintings, from the high and early renaissance we are reminded that these pieces of art works have influenced photography by showcasing the true identity of the subject.

Photography is still different from painting, brush strokes begin to surface, the detail slowly becomes more abstract as the visual reality is translated into paint. With photography you see more definition than in reality by being able to remain in focus from looking at the surface of a photograph up close. The eye of the seer is only a metaphor for the pre-existence of the gaze. It is the ‘shoot’ (pousse), something prior to the eye. Perhaps a photograph can capture a gaze better than a painting, as Lacan's studies on the gaze are from researching an immediate effect. Unlike a painting that is not as sudden or vast as witness or a photograph. In this manner, the process of eye perceives more expeditiously than the hand can draw or paint.

The subject of a photograph who is unaware that he or she is being captured would reveal the “truth” about himself or herself. Whereas a subject who is conscious and fully aware about the camera that points towards them, would alter themselves into a false position. He or she would create their own mode of representation in hope that it would hide their real selves from the photographer.

Looking at the gaze through a medium of art such as photography, we assume the subject is either the surveyor or being surveyed. Women depict differently from men. Not because of masculinity and femininity, but because the 'ideal/typical' observation is assumed to be a male. If a camera were to be placed in between the man and woman, it would be the man who over looks from behind, the image that the woman creates is designed to flatter.


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  2. Beautiful collection of photos, Much love to you and CInsy xx

    1. thankyou Natalie, you are wonderful! xo