Friday, 23 July 2010

Caught by Laxton.

After viewing Steven Laxton's collection of photographs, I found myself mesmerized by his ability to capture the inner emotion. The personal close-ups in 'faces' and the futuristic take on life, through the collection 'dystopian future', evoke a sense of isolation, furthering their intimate nature. Each and every collection is collaborated effectively, and the individual photographs portray a story about the characters concerned. Its like watching stills from a familiar film - their lives become exposed and vulnerable, drawing the viewer to create a connection and almost experience the emotions of the subjects for themselves, such as those in 'city nights' or the 'chinatown girl'. Laxton himself stated: "My inspiration comes from cinema, music, dance and painting, with my biggest influences being directors such as Krzysztof Kieslowski, Martin Scorsese, Wong Kai Wai and Alejandro González Iñárritu." He truly mastered the craft of stripping back the outer layers of his subjects in order to reveal their true identity, through catching them at their most impassioned moments.

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