The majority of photography is pedestrian. It fails ignite something within us and the sensation of reacting is something that has become rare in the medium. Images just wash over us as if they were never there. I do not remember most of the images I see. There is less of a magic spark. There is nothing to grip your teeth into.
There are however some photographs that seem to collide with your body. They nudge you as you walk past. They are unapologetic for stealing your attention and they shout very loudly at you. This experience sounds quite unpleasant but in fact it is liberation in visual form.
I have seen Lua photograph and it is a bombardment of emotions created by her that make the magic within the frame. Very rarely the scene has this natural energy. She has this ability to pick out the remarkable in the ordinary. And no, this is nothing to do with the mundane.
This added impact reveals the photographs as immersive documents through their experience. They transform ordinary people into peculiar beings of play working around a strange dialogue in a fictional environment.
There is an invisible chaos around the photographer, full of dancing men seducing down long hall ways, and floating water from a plastic bottle. After these moments she most likely ran down the stairs to capture something of a similar sensation. As she moves freely with no restrictions she provides entertainment in visual form. The beauty lies in the falseness, but the reactions are genuine.
The editing process has much to do with this feeling, but the spark lies in the character she brings back to these existing characters. And as people stand like relics they are given a fresh coat of paint. It makes a couple go from 65 to 50 in a flash of light. It distorts perspective and transforms us through seemingly unconnected environments. They all carry the sense of not caring and doing anything the human mind intends to do. This feeling is prominent and makes me stand up with joy. It makes me excited to see a set of photographs again.
It inspires me to continue photographing.
And if it wasn't for the rare moments when someone pelts all their energy into something we would all be standing still and watching the same stuff being made. It is always good to break the rules as it is the only way we form new paths.
If we just forget what is expected of us and stay true to your ideas the work just radiates off the various platforms and entices us and wakes us up. For I was once feeling sleepy, but now I am wide awake.