This visual essay is part of a collection of recent style editorials that examines the relationship between the image and the body. By deploying a lack of photographic focus – a technique otherwise known as “blurring” – these photographs aim to abstract the human figure to a point of non-recognition. In the process, the dichotomy between figuration and abstraction is broken down and these polarities are forced into coexistence. Such formalist interrogations have been central to the discipline of painting for decades. However, in this editorial, the concept is relayed in a photographic register. These images thus reflect on the medium of photography itself by questioning the relationship between the photographs and the human bodies that they supposedly ‘represent’.
Words by Kojo Abudu