Now You See Me.
Photography has long been used to document issues of social concern in an apparently straightforward manner. In part, this is due to our belief in the widely held idea that the camera never lies. This concept lies at the core of all photojournalism. Whenever we view a photograph of a powerless person, be it the European refugee crisis or Dublin’s heroin problem, there is a tendency to transform them into an “other”, someone who is utterly remote from our normal lives.
Now You See Me seeks to question such assumptions. Using the same models, a number of different representations were constructed using the visual codes and conventions expected from all such imagery. As well as interrogating the visual conventions that lie at the heart of how suffering is represented, this body of work asks you to question your own response.