Oakland-based artist Laura Plageman’s distortions give character to her own photographs of natural scenery.
This series by Plageman, titled _Response_, is composed of enlarged landscape photos deliberately distorted by folding, crumpling, and tearing – some subtle, others are pretty obvious – and are re-photographed to produce 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.
Plageman made use of a large format view camera “so I can control perspective and record as much detail as possible.” She added, “Whether focused on a ripped paper edge or a nesting bird, I hope to reach to a place where picture elements interact and merge in unpredictable and expressive ways.”