I drove up to Mt Baw Baw recently. This place is solely for skiing in Winter, so in Autumn it was dead and all these signs were reversed.
As I developed these images I began to think that much of the power of photography lies in its ability to conceal. We tell stories with pictures, implying meaning by choosing what we show and, perhaps more importantly, what we exclude. In social media, for instance, we force our audiences to piece together controlled frames of our lives to form the myth of us, and, whether by intent or by nature of the medium, we will always hide something from our pictures. Through photography, we are exercising authority over our viewers by structuring, locking, and concealing objects and events; binding democratic and dynamic 3D forms to dictated, static 2D frames that deprive our audience of alternate viewpoints.
This is interesting to me because of my background in 3D graphics… And there’s more to say about all of that, but for now, here is a short series of signs in reverse (also on Cargo Collective):