The photographs in the series, The Shadow Catcherâ€™s Daughter, balance on the fine line between reality and the dream. Emma uses self-portraiture to articulate personal narratives, which are often both nightmare and fantasy. Human and animal forms interact in unexpected ways to symbolize discoveries and conflicts in her intimate relationships. She uses the blue cyanotype process to suggest an alternative space, such as a dream or memory. This historic process obscures the subjectsâ€™ location in time and creates a backdrop for archetypal universal symbols. These images are toned with tea and wine to produce a range of additional warmer tones, making them seem more natural. Emma chooses these substances for the acidic effect on the chemistry, as well as their influence on communication and memory. Although photography is normally considered a medium that represents the present, visible world, in her work she attempts to make visual what cannot be seen in place or time.
By Emma Powell