Liberty Dye - State of Serenity
When photographer Liberty Dye sent us her series 'State of Serenity', we knew straight away we needed to share it on F&A. Her striking portraits are filled with an intimacy and nostalgia that is amplified by her choice of analogue medium format.
This series of photographs was influenced by a psychoanalytical term called The Gaze. Women depict differently from men. Not because of masculinity and femininity, but because the 'ideal/typical' observation is assumed to be a male. If a camera were to be placed in between the man and woman, it would be the man who over looks from behind, the image that the woman creates is designed to flatter.
'State of Serenity' is a constructed documentation that explores the distinction of the girl gaze. Capturing a subject who is unaware that she is being captured would reveal the “truth” about herself. Whereas a subject who is conscious and fully aware about the camera that points towards them, would alter themselves into a false position. She would create their own mode of representation in hope that it would hide their real selves from the photographer.
Camera used: Hasselblad 500c with a 50mm lens.
Film type: Kodak Portra, 400.