Niamh Matthews

Internal Abstraction

As an aspiring clinical photographer, I have a keen interest in the body. In this latest project I set out to explore our perceptions of inner anatomy. Our association of inner organs with death, among other psychological responses, contributes to the reaction of disgust viewers experience when confronted with visuals of inner anatomy. Internal Abstraction seeks to challenge this perception of the inner body by utilising the transformative powers of the camera. I present the body’s interior in a different context to medicine and laboratories—using the framing, the focus, the colour and the lighting to create an aesthetic aside and apart from the kinds of photographs we’d expect to see in those settings. My aim is to transform what is usually met with abhorrence into images of beauty and curiosity.

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