Vignette happened upon a stunning postcard by photographer Vilma Pimenoff ( above) we struggled with the image, not being able to decipher if the person was wearing a protective welding mask or maybe the black shiny material indicated a form of fetish apparel, with no skin visible we had no way of telling if the wearer was infact human . Upon visiting Pimenoff’s website we realised the image had produced the response the photographer had intended.
In order to make sense of the world we tend to interpret abstract shapes as bodies and faces.
I am interested in this process of comprehending what we see and how in our minds the inanimate can become somehow animated, perhaps even alive.We relate to images and objects by projecting our being and emotions onto them, and reversely by recognizing parts of ourselves in things. It is in this context that I wish to explore the notion of empathy in relation to vision.
Hopefully Vilma will expand on this interesting body of work with more ‘inanimate portraiture’.
You can see more of Vilma Pimenoff ‘s Things That Look Like Other Things at www.vilmapimenoff.com