Text on Watching
In Watching a dark, square-shaped image gives way to a view of a woman. Her heightened alertness expressed by subtle gesture, caused by something we don’t see generating an atmosphere of suspense, creating an image of something we might have seen before. The women are caught in a moment of raised awareness. Something unfamiliar seems to be going on. The photographs depict the moment just before the women realize what is happening – the moment of highest tension. I stage situations which female viewers may recognize as if they have experienced them themselves, though in many cases their experience is limited to the virtual reality of movies and TV. The gaze in my photographs is an important tool to create a narrative and to question the viewer’s notion of looking and watching.