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sotpik: simon by goodbyejulia sotpik: simon by goodbyejulia
Some of the People I (Don't) Know explores human interaction in motion - unfamiliarity, discomfort, amity and intimacy are captured in conversation. In photographing the gamut from people she knows well to those she's only acquainted with, Martin examines her relationships with others, gaining new insight into these connections through an intuitive use of a toy camera. In her unique arrangements she comments on how an individual, with their repetition and variation, can become a pattern.
The series is approached without any inclination to reproduce what the eye sees, or strictly adhere to what the machine records; instead, through natural interaction, Martin expands on the reductive capture and attempts to render a memory onto film. The contact images are documents of exchange, portraits of shifting perception, and subtle transformations.
While Martin's presence is implicit in actions and reactions, only the subject is depicted. From this position the viewer is left to interpret the nuances of the dialogue; the distance between artist and subject, body language, laughter and silence, become clues as to their association.
Martin's need to act as diligent archivist became the impetus to catalogue and study her surroundings. In doing so she tries to keep in check what cannot be controlled, to come to understand the constant flux of everything and everyone. Some of the People I (Donít) Know is a visceral reaction to change, and a method of coping with the loss/gain inherent to it.

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"The sequential nature of portraits provides an honest glimpse into a dialogue between photographer and model, while the aberrations and overlaps hint at an unspoken emotional context throughout". sotpik: simon by `goodbyejulia is a fine conceptual series, with a subtly surreal aesthetic. ( Suggested by limnides and Featured by arctoa )
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I wish I did this!
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Photographer
An outstanding example from an eloquent series; I enjoy this sensation of viewing a passage of time in a single piece. The interaction of the contrasting tones and the complimenting hues of the light spots are what catch my eye in particular, here; it is like there are layers of composition and narrative in depth as well as in sequence.

I appreciate the detail with which you explain your work in the comments section, too. Excellent stuff.
goodbyejulia Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment, and for the feature! I'm so glad you can see a visual code in the colour and sequence, these choices are deliberate and it's nice to know they translate.
arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Photographer
You're most welcome; it was my pleasure.
Zebrinopolis Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Yay Julia! Congrats on the DD.
broken-and-whole Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
This is really cool! :)
stickersticker Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey I know him. HI SIMON!
goodbyejulia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
he gets around. I did the portrait series for his website as well.
GeeoVIP Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Colors and details make it interesting, but after a while it is boring. With your sources, somebody else can do miracles. I know you can do better things than this.
goodbyejulia Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
After viewing your gallery, I'm just going to go ahead and dismiss this half-formed criticism and weirdly personal presumption.
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