Fiona Amundsen

  • 15 Oct, 2000

Pedestrian illustrates how methodology is reflective of an aesthetic centred around uniformity and banality - not necessarily the pictured site. Each image presents a simulated reality through the inclusion of selected peripheral information.

I have developed a formula to satisfy an aesthetic that addresses the physical spaces depicted; ones that are dislocated and dormant in appearance. the photograph displaces the site offering little compensation. Familiar representations of space (or site) are dismantled through the photograph's mocking reality. Each site is carefully surveyed and chosen for its generic nature which is enhanced through photographing at similar times, using the same camera, etc; both repetition and field are open space represented, but on the included fringes. No longer can the images be read from what is assumed to be known, but from what is and is not allowed to enter the surface of the photograph.

Pedestrian plays with understanding of reality, and in doing so, meaning and representation are shifted away from what is deemed purely 'objective'. These photographs do not claim any more than the aesthetic they represent. Meaning is ascribed through what the periphery includes, allowing the image to be authenticated.