The skin is the largest human organ. It forms the physical and conceptual barrier between the self and the outside world, protects our delicate internal workings from everyday wear and tear, and serves as an intimate sensory interface with the world. In fashion and portrait photography, skin is virtually treated, warped, bleached, cloned, and retextured in service of a final idealized surface and form. Even in amateur or vernacular photography, filters and lighting techniques have made the willful destruction of skin's surface detail commonplace. Skin, as it exists in photographs today, is without index; it is a virtual space, a void of information.
This series of photographs, the fourth in a string of projects that explore the relationship between skin and photography, uses a method of algorithmic montage to instead create a completely unidealized surface in order to disrupt the relationship photography has with that ideal. By taking these surfaces and giving them form and presence, I intend to restore skin's virtual and conceptual space, and to reveal part of the relationship our bodies have to the technology of photomanipulation.