Now You See Me…

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Oxford dictionary defines uncanny as “strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way”. The example used is ‘an uncanny feeling that she was being watched’ and that really got me thinking. The idea behind this photo series was the idea of being watched by somebody in the distance. Freud’s exploration into the uncanny targeted childhood fears, focusing on a child’s fear of losing their eyes. Being watched is more a fear of mine now, as opposed to a childhood fear. The idea of being watched online inspired the meaning behind all of this. After watching Cyberbully I created my own depiction to explore this further. I tried to capture the notion of uncanny through the literal representation of looking through a pair of binoculars and through different camera techniques. Black and white images were used over colour to highlight shadows created through artificial lighting and as a means to not distract the viewer from where their eye needed to be.

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