mutation crooks by Nicoletta
When I created my portfolio as part of my application to study photography, I realised that what I had been shooting up to that point was very heavy in portraits. A friend suggested I also add a series that was a little more intimate and conceptual, something I have struggled with since day one of picking up a camera. I favour interpersonal connections during photo shoots, the unique energy between two people when nobody else is around and all that matters is what happens between the shots. I really think that what happens when you don’t hit the shutter is equally as important as the final image. But I am getting a little off-track here. When trying to come up with an idea for the portfolio, my thoughts kept drifting back to a series I had started a few years ago after my first operation due to skin cancer on my left thigh. I had two minor surgeries and didn’t have to undergo any further treatment. While it wasn’t life threatening, it still shook me quite a bit. I guess that would happen to any human being who unwittingly has to think about something relating to mortality more than they’d like for a certain period of time, and I was only twenty-one then. I had photographed my thigh before and after the procedure, with and without stitches. However, it didn’t make for a cohesive series just yet. I came up with the idea to re-create the process of healing in a somewhat abstract, minimalist manner. I played around with stitching up a real rose (does not work, by the way), regular printer paper and then finally decided on a piece of cardboard. I added drops of thick glue that I colored red with acrylic paint, used my mom’s sewing kit, put stitches in and then removed them, to reflect the correlating images of my actual thigh. It was the first time I implemented a conceptual approach and this challenge was both educational and rewarding.