“A Day At Home”, the new photographic series by Charlotte Colbert, playfully explores the relationship between the imagined and the real within the context of the home. She loosely parallels the writer and the housewife as figures struggling to distinguish between the two. Their identities dissolving within the huis-clos of their setting and imaginings.
The black and white images, shot on medium format film and shown within the context of their original negative, are like surreal fragments of a dream or nightmare.
Charlotte Colbert, the person behind this collection, is a photographer and screenwriter based in London. She has developed a distinct narrative to her work, which can be followed from her large-scape triptychs, to her film-noir series and her more recent medium format skills.
Drawing from her screenwriting, Colbert’s photographic work is strongly anchored within the language of film and story-telling. Her pictures originally conceived as a series, a sequence developed in script format before being shot.
“A Day at Home” builds on the story-telling language of her work. A very personal exploration of the relationship between the writer and the home, the real and the imagined and the self. A study of madness, the fragility of our senses in existence, reality and belonging. The writer and housewife coming together in their sense of isolation, solitude and confinement within a space which both closes in one them and but also opens up into an epic landscape of surreal imaginings.
Here, the sense of medium format film allows for the character to be overwhelmed, defined and even disappear in her surroundings. Only a couple images are shot in 35mm, the ones exploring the relationship the mystery of self-perception, the woman’s body rendered grotesque as the viewer is placed between the character and her reflection.
Today is the last day Charlotte’s current work is on display in London; however to give you a sense of her sensible quality in photography, you can view a taste of “A Day at Home” here.