What unites and separates people? All it takes is a small sign on the body, some simple makeup on a face. But also a badly hidden mood can create bridges or spaces. For photographer Tara Cronin there exists a hidden rhythm, that beats on the skin of each person, a rhythm made of flesh, bones and nerves, a mirror of our memories, fantasies, anxieties, dreams and desires. A world of possible ties.
Her latest photographic series, "The Sum And Its Parts", speaks of just these themes. And of how a small change in perspective is sufficient to allow us to perceive reality, which only apparently resembles what we know.
In her shots, the subjects become live organic substances which seem to be observed through a microscope, covered by a layer of fresh or dry hemoglobin. There’s a sense of emptiness, everything seems to crystallize in a moment without time, in which Tara creates synchronicity, alignment with other worlds, in an attempt to bring intuition of dark areas to light.
What emerges is a concept of illusory reality, a detachment from things, from events taken in their singularity, to have a more global vision, from multiple perspectives. An approach that reminds of the Gestalt psychological theory, by which there shouldn’t be a fragmentation of human experience into elementary components, but rather a consideration of a phenomenon as a whole, as the sum of its parts.
Photos via taracronin.com