The work of Alma Haser
Haser has created a series of curious portraits with the background investigation of what is real and what is produced. This topic for me is an interesting one and one that I’d like to investigate in my own photographic practice. Personally my interest in the questions is not just relevant to that which is represented through photos and that which is real in the tangible phenomenal world but rather: the basis of perception itself and what we can really know through the senses.
Her work as I see it acts as a sort of interruption of the flow of the normal state of things.
In the one example above we see Haser’s work showing us the real, the imagined and the perhaps questioned…what is real? Although the clean studio work does not appeal to my personal taste, conceptually I think that the work is interesting if not a little repetitive.
Lastly, I have struggled a little to see the overlap with the work of Jeff Wall here. Wall’s scenes are a recording of something experienced and then replayed often appearing as normal everyday scenes produced via vernacular style photography. In the sense perhaps of creating a fantasy world, perhaps Wall does imbue his images with more than just the recollected as actual event.
- Haser, A. Leaf Girl from the series: The Eureka effect (date unknown) [online] http://www.haser.org/eurekaeffect [accessed, April 2020]