From Laura Plageman:
I was feeling frustrated by a certain photograph and needed to change it, and I just kind of went for it physically. Then I realized I enjoyed working that way Through physically altering enlarged prints and then re-photographing the results.
I enjoy works that oscillate between image and object, photography and sculpture, landscape and still life. My process unfolds through observation and experimentation – I let the image and its materiality dictate its direction.
Playing with paper and with light in unplanned and organic ways, I look for new ways to perceive the space, form, and context of my subjects.
In some works, large pieces of the original image are torn out while in others, smaller parts are more subtly altered.
I’m interested in the wildness of nature and how we relate to that, in these kind of very alive spaces and for me it was falling flat just to have a straight photograph of those things.
What is a photograph?
A photograph is life distilled and preserved for eternity. An expressive face, a fleeting moment in nature, an abstract shape- these are the fundamentals of photography. A photograph conveys, in a way no words can, a sense of the mystery and beauty of life, nature, and the achievements of mankind.
A photograph isolates the truth, exposing to us the realities of our time: war, terrorism, abuse, poverty. Since its humble beginning in 1827, photography has given mankind a new perspective on life and art. We seldom realize the extent to which photography has influenced our culture, helping spread awareness of other cultures and bring about modern globalization.
Perhaps most importantly, a photograph is something anyone can create. Everyone has the opportunity to permanently record the world as they see it.