The Uncanny

The mixture of familiar and unfamiliar illustrates the peculiar concept that is the uncanny. First explored by Ernst Jentsch in On the Psychology of the Uncannyand further developed by Sigmund Freud in The Uncanny, describing it as a concept of repetition compulsion and ultimately incongruous. Moreover comparing déjà vu and the uncanny – whereas random events may occur.

Diminutive gnome figures are common amongst romanticism and modern literature use. Considered spirits amongst renaissance alchemy and familiar amongst gardens following World War II, the concept behind this series of photography is the depiction of amputation and disembodiment through familiar objects into peculiar and disturbing visuals. Lighting arrangements allowed for the interpretation and illusion of disembodiment through hollowing of the figures and mirror techniques.

Through natural lighting the photography expresses the representation of the concept showing the uncanniness of simple objects in recognisable yet disturbing settings. The repetition of the object allows for the viewer to interpret their own meaning and how the transition between pleasure and displeasure occurs.

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