Delphine Burtin

posted by Bridget on 20 February 2014

The french verb s'encoubler: to stumble, to trip up, to strike one's foot against something when walking or running so that one staggers or falls.

Winner of the HSBC Photography Award, Delphine Burtin's sculptural based work encoubler has the intention of making us visually trip up and question just what is it we are looking at.

Burtin uses everyday objects, sometimes photographing them as a studio still life and presenting them as straight photographs, and sometimes cutting up the photograph, dismantling the original print which she then re-photographs to produce a new interpretation of the original idea.

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The result is to ask questions about reality as she says..." My camera becomes a tool for visual experimentation. By combining images shot in the studio with those taken outside in natural light, by cutting up images and re-photographing ealier prints, I'm trying to distance myself from reality in order to question it."

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