Moment / Bedroom
by Mareen Fischinger
Photography is about capturing the perfect moment.
So what happens when you can take Photoshop and tweak or edit that moment? Mareen Fischinger took the opportunity to construct the perfect moment from scratch.
If you can do anything you want; what makes a moment interesting to look at? I don’t think it’s the action or that it needs to be an all-defining/ clarifying moment. I think it must ignite a curiosity in us to know how it came about or how it will play out. Furthermore it needs to be relevant to our own lives or experience.
The images in the series Moment are of seemingly ordinary people in familiar settings; but the people and the settings are staged and highly edited to the point of perfection; where the illusion of a glossy perfected reality may lure us in, the drama unfolding in the picture keeps us looking. The people in the pictures are experiencing a turning point in their lives; in the very detailed and sharp pictures, details of the how and why are not available, and the pictures leave us pondering and looking…
Bedroom: If you could photograph anything you want, what would you photograph? There is a couple having sex. They are young, good-looking, their bodies are flawless. The room is bright and filled with good-taste design. This is a good start for an alluring picture. But there is conflict; a man outside, peeping in; Is he the husband of the woman? A visitor? A passerby? Is the woman seeing him?
The man outside looks a lot like the man on the bed; is this coincidence, or could this actually be the same man? Is the scene on the inside the fantasy of the man outside; is this scene that looks so perfected actually all really just the fantasy?
In that the image also acts as a metaphor for ourselves; we are like the man outside looking in; trying to see the perfect and exciting image before us, looking for clues what is happening, and in that seeing only ourselves…
What's in the download?
The download includes: the highest resolution of the image available, the psd source file (1.64GB) showing all adjustments and layers and several wallpaper sized versions. The PDF contains ‘making of’ photos, sketches and a thesis on staged photography.
Mareen Fischinger is passionate about everything involving photography: She has made award-winning photographs for advertising campaigns and corporate communication, has shot a large body of work available as ‘stock’ photography via gettyimages, and explores experimental technical and conceptual possibilities of photography in her fine arts series.
Her series »moment« investigates how far you can take staged photography in a digital world, and what that means for the meaning behind the images.