Sickening Surface

Or how our need for self-representation is slowly killing us (and my desire to photograph people)

London March 2019


We live in images, nothing goes beyond the visible. We curate our lives accordingly for an invisible audience. Everything is documented, shared, liked and valued. Look, see? But what does it mean, our addiction for recognition. What do you get out of it, and similarly who profits?

As a photographer I feel like addressing the issue of self-representation. With the consent of my collaborator Julia Wolf I’m trying to uncover, through covering, the self-exposing aesthetics of todays fake presence. More and more I feel the need to ‘protect’ model and myself, the photographer, these days from exploitative behaviour.

Special thanks to collaborator Julia Wolf and assistant Kessie.


©Anni Katrin Elmer 2019