Lovely ladies and gentle men, let us walk into Ellen Rogers' Wonderland of affinity and strangeness as we traverse the beginning of her journey in the Necropolis -- we are now welcome to join her in the Sepulchre.
Ah hello, and welcome, ‘oo vudge welcome’, friends, to the Aberrant Necropolis, inside the new sepulchre.
Weary am I this week, weary from travelling, moving house and politics within my little world, my necropolis (the homemade city where myself and my partner work and live).
But all that is unimportant now as I am here and happy to be so! Now, without further ado I must tell you why I am here, not on earth or in ‘The Necropolis’ but here at Lomography. Where the beautiful hosts ushered me to a new dwelling and one where I can sit and tell you all things I wish to divulge. Where you too, the loyal practitioners of analogue photography and film are welcome.
Now, the images you see here are the results of months of planning with my partner (I call him ‘Bear’), you can call him ‘Prizme’. This is a reworked-photo etching and one you can buy HERE … The frame to this image is an explanatory story to the shoot in the middle. The frame is hand drawn by Prizme and gives context to the image, in the same way you might read a frieze on an architectural adornment breathing history and context to its home.
To give to an insight to this seemingly mad piece, I want to explain some of its method.
The photograph in the middle is of ‘A leaf room’, and I made it. That’s right it’s a room a made of leaves. Sounds like the work of a crazy lady you say? Well you could be right there.
Now, ‘The Leaf Room’ was the name of a real experiment in the 50’s, and one of the first experiments on humans testing the effects of LSD. It was a highly secretive and controversial experiment. It was also the forerunner to many experiments on humans using this substance. In short it was an experiment to see what the effects would be on humans, wearing goggles that distort their vision, dosed heavily with hallucinogens and asked to work a pulley system in the middle of a room encompassed by red oak leaves (to make it seem unfamiliar). Needless to say the experiment failed. With the only conclusion drawn that it was pretty impossible for people to know what they were doing.
We decided to make this project to illustrate a point; to bring awareness of what has happened in the past and what will continue to happen to people who are experimented on. We hope to make a whole series of these over time further illustrating exploitations with in social history of government and organised corruption.
Let me tell you also how I went about the construction of this room.
Now firstly, please say hello to my now dearly departed studio in Norwich- England, named Outpost (I have moved now but very lovely people run this place).
Once I had the room ready, naturally I was rushing around finishing touches before my team arrived the following morning at Norwich train station from London. By this point I had just driven half way across the country from my new home and I was obviously over the moon about a morning of buying vegetables to make headdresses, however the blow was softened by the wonderful stylist Kay Korsh, my loyal and talented friend Suzie Love on hair and makeup and one of the loveliest models I have ever worked with Miss Ellen C. Rose featured in the images.
The intention of the close ups were to exemplify the decline in health and mental well being of the patients that underwent this treatment.
Here are some of the final images from the shoot.
Please do let me know what you think? You may see the full (original) set HERE .
And thank you for having me!