Mountain without a peak
Power. Dominance. Subordination. Identity. Autonomy. Intimacy. Topics that are more than current in terms of today’s society. Human identities are not stable entities as they form and involve in both internal and external context, similarly the interpersonal relationships are always implemented with certain interests. Power is undoubtedly one of the key determinants of these processes. Through staged photographs of couples (as this will eventually become a part of a bigger series) living together, the series tries to offer an insight into the fragile balance between the realization of one’s own existence and compromises made towards the benefits of a relationship. Live subjects embedded into an authentic space of their own household reflect the subtle, often invisible nuances of their relations, creating a solid framework with an open and individual interpretation of the photographic image. Thus the search for balance within a relationship becomes a metaphor, a symbolic climb of a mountain without a peak.
Edwards has approached the psychological landscape, with an eye for people’s writing of themselves. In short, it is about seeing and reacting rather than saying. And that is fine, since for her to “say” anything directly in her photographs would be beside the point. What she has done is to take the tour, look through the glass of her own sensibility at the places and people to which her guides took her and made pictures from the incongruities, archetypes, mild hallucinations and dreams they contained. The great thing about this kaleidoscope of changing emotional tints is that it is also portable and can be ours — a handy lens we can carry away with us once the covers of the magazine are shut or the exhibition closes. And that is what one should expect, no more and no less.
is a photographer born in Blois and living in Paris. She received the Leica Oscar Barnack award in 1999, the World Press in 2000 and the Prix Niepce for her entire work in 2004. Her first monograph, Peuples de Sibérie, was published by Le Seuil in 1999. Since then she has published Artek, un été en Crimée (La Martinière 2004) and Loulan Beauty (Le chêne 2007).
The relationship between personal characteristics and relational constructs may seem quite an obvious one. Personality has a great impact on how a person behaves and how he/she experiences intimate relations as described in K.J. White`s and S.S. Hendrick and C. Hendrick work Big five personality variables and relationship construct, Personality and Individual Differences (2004). As a major overarching concept of personality I chose the Big five model. According to this model the human nature is divided into these smaller parts: knowing, rationalization, variability and activity. Personality has to be seen as a system and an adequate theory of personality must be able to define this system precisely, distinguish its components, describe its organization, interactions and development. It arises from the assumption that the personality system can be described in three levels, the first one are the personality traits, second the coping strategies, skills and values and the third life stories, experiences. The big five model of personality does not represent any theory, but rather provides the space for the characteristic differences of particular individuals. These differences are stable in time, consistent throughout any situations. It examines the pattern of thoughts, emotions and behaviour. The Big five model is composed of elements of neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness and conscientiousness. For my further study I chose the dimensions of neuroticism and conscientiousness based on their characteristics an intrusive reaction within a relationship may be observed.
The scale determines individual differences in emotional stability and emotional instability – neuroticism. The term neuroticism in this case can be understood as a psychological category or diagnosis. The scale than determines how hoe the negative emotions such as fear, embarrassment or sadness are perceived. People with high neuroticism score are most likely emotionally instable, thus their psychological balance is easily disturbed. Unlike the emotionally stable individuals, they report more negative experiences and difficulties in overcoming them. It is quite easy for these individuals to enter the states of embarrassment, feeling ashamed or insecure, experiencing anxiety or worries. Neuroticism in context of relationship was studied mostly as a negative factor. M.D. Newcomb and P.M. Bentler in their work: Marital breakdown. In S. Duck & R. Gilmour (Eds.), Personal relationships personal relationships in disorder (1981) found that neuroticism is associated with rising number of divorces. B.R. Karney and T.N. Bradbury in The longitudinal course of marital quality and stability: A review of theory, method, and research (1995) demonstrated the negative impact of neuroticism on the satisfaction in a relationship. R.M. Cate, L.A. Levin and L.S. Richmond, in Premarital relationship stability: a review of recent research (2002) found out that neuroticism is associated also with instability within a family. P.R. Shaver and K.A. Brennan in their work Attachment styles and the „Big Five“ personality traits: their connections with each other and with romantic relationship outcome (1992) shown that neurotics individuals tent to have a shorter length of relationship that the general population and B. Fehr and R. Broughton in Gender and personality differences in conceptions of love: an interpersonal theory analysis (2001) found a positive correlation between neuroticism, sexuality and “crush” love a negative correlation between neuroticism and friendly love. In various theories of personality the concept of stimuli control plays a vital role. During the process of growing up many individual learn to control their desires and whishes. The inability to control impulses and temptations is a neo-indicator of neuroticism. Emotional attachment to parents significantly affects future forms of one’s intimate relationship. Based on care-taking models the child adopts these concepts and carries them into adulthood. These models influence the need fro closeness, intimacy and autonomy.
is a freelance photographer and videographer with a passion for social documentary storytelling. Over the last few years he has worked on issues ranging from American nomads to the black market economies of Peru to active octogenarians. From these images he was accepted to the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop in 2006 and has since been recognized by Photo District News, College Photographer of the Year, the Missouri Photo Workshop, the National Press Photographers Association and Sportsshooter.com. His clients include The New York Times, The FADER, San Diego Union-Tribune, ABC television, and MSNBC. Daryl is currently based in Southern California.
born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1973, studied photography in Paris and New York. Her photographs have been featured in Another Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Big magazine, Blindspot and exhibited at Moderna Museet (Stockholm), The Barbican and The Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Brandts Museet for fotokunst (Denmark). She currently divides her time between Stockholm and New York.
Working in photography and video, Wallace merges narrative, documentary, fashion, and performance strategies as part of her conceptual practice. Graduating with Honors from Smith College, she received her MA in Photography from New York University and the International Center of Photography in 2005. Wallace has received critical acclaim for her work including Winner of PDN’s Curator Award, Critic’s Pick by the Griffin Museum, Winner of American Photography AP-25 and Winner of ARTslant’s Showcase Award. She has also received Honorable Mention in MAGENTA Flash Forward and the CENTER Project Competition. Her work will be featured in ‘Identities Now’ a fine art book by Peter Halbert Fine Art Gallery expected out in the beginning of 2012. Wallace exhibits regularly in New York and Internationally. Notable shows include an upcoming museum exhibition at KUNSTHALLE wein in Vienna with Alex Prager, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Bruce Weber and Erwin Olaf at entitled ‘No Fashion, Please!’ in November of 2011and a three person exhibition at Colgate Clifford Gallery with Catherine Opie, and Jo Ann Santangelo November 2011-January 2012.