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Catherine Cumming

SCEGGS Darlinghurst

Artwork title
Odyssey
HSC year
2005
ARTEXPRESS year
2006
Expressive form
Photography
Artist’s statement

Odyssey questions the concept of post-production enhancement in photography. The 42 black-and-white photographs, taken in Europe, USA and Hong Kong, feature ordinary subjects depicted in a visually engaging manner. Each one has been individually produced through scrupulous darkroom technique and illustrates the originality that black-and-white photography represents.

Odyssey explores the effects of light, form, composition and scale, and the atmosphere that these create in a photograph. By using sharp contrast and basic subject matter, I challenge the audience to appreciate the simplicity of black-and-white photography.