Inspired by the immortalized flesh of carved stone sculptures, photographer Laura Schaeffer transforms her model into a fixed figurine. Half doll-like and half statuesque, she appears with hands glued to the sides of her waist, infinitely outstretched or seemingly fixed to the floor by a trailing maroon mesh sleeve. Through eliminating dynamic movement in favour of static poses, the photographer turns transient moments into perpetual narratives. Essentially, employing her camera as a tool to freeze time. Schaeffer emphasises her desired stillness by combining the chiaroscuro effect of a classical Caravaggio painting with the x-ray effect of inverted circles to inject the simple beauty of her concept with an eerie eccentricity. Schaeffer may not be a sculptor, but she too has manipulated time. What was fleeting, is now eternal.
words ELLA BARDSLEY
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