Get Ready to Shoot Yourself
Photographic Print of a Collage on Hannemuhle Photorag Paper
(edition of 5), 17 X 23 inches, 2008
 
Get Ready to Shoot Yourself is based on a publicity photograph from the Orson Welles film The Lady From Shanghai (1948). The publicity shot never occurred as such in the film, it was set up to 'illustrate' the film's complex love triangle and Welles's unique visual style. The publicity shot in fact operates as a tableau vivant, a motionless drama, connecting it to the history of staged theatrical representation both in 19th century photography, which imitated painting, and the cinematic tableau so common in contemporary photography. The still image contrasts the actual film scene, where the chaos of appearance and reflection, visually accelerates the speed of the image, which is impossible to fully comprehend. My first preliminary step in the development of the installation was to take a hole punch to the image, literally shooting it full of holes and then reconstructing it.
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Photographic Print of a Collage on Hannemuhle Photorag Paper 
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(edition of 5), 17 X 23 inches, 2008 
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Get Ready to Shoot Yourself is based on a publicity photograph from the Orson Welles film The Lady From Shanghai (1948). The publicity shot never occurred as such in the film, it was set up to 'illustrate' the film's complex love triangle and Welles's unique visual style. The publicity shot in fact operates as a tableau vivant, a motionless drama, connecting it to the history of staged theatrical representation both in 19th century photography, which imitated painting, and the cinematic tableau so common in contemporary photography. The still image contrasts the actual film scene, where the chaos of appearance and reflection, visually accelerates the speed of the image, which is impossible to fully comprehend. My first preliminary step in the development of the installation was to take a hole punch to the image, literally shooting it full of holes and then reconstructing it. 
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