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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Jessica Alva

SPE Member since 2017
Member Chapter: Northeast


Dadio Moriyama defines photography as fossil that was preserved through light and time. His definition gave me a foundation for the series of images that I created. Taking photos in black and white allows the image to be captured in infrared which is beyond visible wavelengths that can be seen by the naked eye. Through the use of this technique, the object is seen through an abstract lens and on a macro scale. My intention was to trick the naked eye into seeing a different representation of the subject. I choose to present my images in a visible spectrum of light and make my images appear larger than life in size. The abstraction of working in the infrared spectrum increased my subject's size even more.

Working with black and white images on a macro scale gave each object I photographed a dual way to look at it. Viewers of these images will experience some type of hallucination involving the apparent perception of something that is not present. Altering and distorting the image allows the eye to see a representation of something that is completely different. My images capture objects in their natural state but are also symbolic. I believe my images create a fantasy illusion of the male and female anatomy. I took photos of organic materials of flowers, fruit, bones density, vegetables, trees, horn nuts, sea creatures, plants and animal organs. The style in which I photographed those objects was to give the audience a misleading and a false impression of my images.

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