Landscape photography is a vast genre, embraced by great masters and artists. It’s difficult to explore it with an original gaze and a personal viewpoint. Dafna Talmo, who for years accumulated meters of photographic film of different places in which she lived, found her unique voice in project "Constructed Landscapes".
Dafna cut, tore and pasted together negatives of various locations, until giving life to an ideal, utopic landscape, "a virtual space that opens up beyond the surface […]", as Michel Foucault lectured in Of other spaces - Heterotopia (1967).
A metaphorical operation to narrate the transitory aspects of the contemporary world. Dafna describes these spaces as virtual places that surpass local specificities, embodying the concept of ephemeral as well as the fusion – accelerated by technology – of memories, times, and personal as well as collective spaces.
The technical aspect of this project tries to dialogue with the history of photography, with past pictorial applications of this discipline, such as the combination of different prints and the use of multiple negatives.
Dafna explores modern manipulation techniques like editing, collages, multiple exposures and other original procedures. Such as the elimination of undesired elements from negatives through the use of a chisel. Or by generating spots and indelible "wounds" along the suture line between various photographic fragments. Irreversible traces that narrate our delicate relationship with nature.
Photos via dafnatalmor.co.uk