Digital technology has given new significance to the idea of authenticity in photographs, which can be manipulated like never before. It's this uncertain universe that is explored in the research of Katie Sturgess, with her series "Simulated Simulacra".
The latest work of the photographer from Sheffield tries to create an illusion. Her shots of still life seem to be generated by computer, acknowledging how digital processes can both challenge and confirm the credibility of the medium, which is currently changing our relationship with images.
Her project takes us to the moment of encounter with photography, which today is generated by machines more similar to sophisticated robots. It also puts into focus the possibility of infinitely manipulating images, once they spread. Consequently, she asks us to question their veracity.
In the digital era the borders between authentic and counterfeit have blurred, between appropriation and simulation of what is real. In this new scenario, Katie Sturgess chooses not to rediscover photography techniques of the past, but rather search for new languages, on the threshold of a future that allows us to touch the new opportunities of the medium, without yet letting us grasp them.
Photos via katiesturgess.com