Vortex (2015) is the first series of large-scale digital works which explores the notion of photographic truth through a visceral and fluid fixing and unfixing of the image’s emulsion. Created using ‘reject’ portraits from the artist’s commercial photographic practice, the final works are the outcome of intense manipulation using household bleach that disrupts the surface of the printed image, re-evaluating the cultural codes of their subjects, or rather of their representations. Each image is then abstracted and re-contextualised once more via a second (and sometimes third and fourth) process of re-photography, fixing them for eternity in their fleeting moment of transformation. The original print is finally destroyed and the digital file deleted, reducing these images of high commerce to mere shreds of ripped paper, to a bin of digital noise.

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