From the series The Residual, by Yvonne Shaw.
Archival inkjet print on Epson Enhanced Matte paper, 594mm x 891mm.
Edition of 5 + 1 AP
A type of transference can take place in the staging of the photograph. Unconscious tensions that are evoked by proximity with others, and by the presence of the camera, can be communicated through gesture and expression. An attentive photographer can try to catch this moment and preserve it within a still image.
The photographs in this series begin as imagined moments of comfort or tension.
Informed by Sigmund Freud’s writings on the unconscious and Julia Kristeva’s theories of alterity, The Residual presents moments that hover between staged fiction and the authentic awkwardness of strangers encountering each other.