We often feel in an isolated struggle and alienated from our communities. As a global society, we are reaching a point where we depend and entrust the virtual realm with our lives, whilst the reality is that the virtual empire relies on us to exist.
Gaining awareness of the instrumental role of images on our mood, decisions and overall life and coming to terms with it can cause an interruption in the way we relate to our virtual world. We begin to read images, rationalise their context, production conditions, and intended purpose. We begin to see the virtual world dismount and shatter in fragments. The potentiality of fragmenting the virtual world enables us to regain control over the images that govern us, reducing their instantaneous power. It allows us to have control over reality of life from a greater perspective. Obtaining a more substantial vision can greatly improve our overall attitude, motivation and wellness.
In There’s More to Savour, I invite the viewer to question their relationship to man-made and natural environment, alluding to the idea that each of these two entities is important albeit interdependent. By stitching together recognisable imagery fragments, I fabricate atypical landscapes, to reinterpret the sense of confusion, disconnection and distortion we receive from the computer-generated and online realms. With irony, I criticise the faith to the virtual world and the manipulation we are constantly undergoing. The humans “in flow” featured in some of these fantasy landscapes serve as reminders of the states of separation and integration that highlight our experience in today’s world. The term “flow” is defined in psychology as a positive state of being immersed, invigorated and absorbed into an activity that positively affects our sense of being and physical body. The integration of “flow” in the very experience of image production and visualisation as pure enjoyment suggests that it is possible to use photography to reflect, to acknowledge others, to increase our perspective, and ultimately to heal and regain power as image-makers and viewers.