Not In Kansas
Not In Kansas is a staged series of photographs inspired by the tenacious, self-reliant character Dorothy from the story The Wizard of Oz. Having grown up watching, admiring and being inspired by this character, whose journey of self discovery overcomes fear and loneliness to become empowered and assertive in a strange land, I chose to create scenarios that wrestle with feelings of confidence, determination and boldness but have conflicting feelings of isolation, loneliness, detachment and fear.
Each image is staged in different locations and contexts to explore and illustrate these feelings. Each scenario asks questions to which the answers depend on the viewer’s own personal perceptions.
The images are composed to simulate a sense of simultaneous coalition of elements of a before or after moment, with a deliberate ambiguity which only the viewer can resolve.
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