Wales Arts Review‘s Artist in Residence, Rory Duckhouse, challenges us by asking ‘What makes this landscape beautiful? What makes these portraits so picture perfect?’ (2016)
The work ‘What makes this landscape beautiful? What makes these portraits so picture perfect?’ Is a collection of images that has been made from appropriated photographic manuals and how to guides that looks at how our visual language has been created. Our way of seeing is a language that has been learnt through centuries of exposure and reinforcement and continues to be created through how we are told to make images.
Photography is a way of controlling and managing our environment and the way we represent our world makes it safer and easier to understand. This series looks at this notion of control and asks ‘what is beautiful?, an idea that is never truly defined but has a central role in our way of understanding of imagery.