The scenes of the series Monotypes exists of isolated characters, situated in unnamed existing urban locations. These non-places are unrecognisable, yet familiar so as to suggest any metropolis, from New York to Berlin.
Drawing on the visual look of a graphic novel the medium of photography has been used to depict solitary characters who appear to have stepped out of one of the fictional pages. Although the ‘back story’ of these individuals remains a mystery, the poses in this series were based on how actual homeless people inhabited public spaces. As in our previous series, we test the boundaries of what can be achieved using just the camera, our own carefully constructed props and ourselves as subjects. While working on ‘Monotypes’ we inspected the denotation of the word ‘photography’, which literally means ‘drawing with light’. In spite of this aspect we challenged ourselves by searching a way to create light and shadow without the usage of an external light-source. So we made special suits from black and white cloth to convey the strong, uncompromising shadows, which causes the graphical effect. Therefore it was imperative that the shots were taken on cloudy days so that there were no ‘real’ shadows competing with our own, carefully constructed ones. This accomplished effect gives each shot in Monotypes it’s visual illusion.
Monotypes has been published in Eyemazing spring issue 2011.