Gold Winner

Lady Shave

Photographer

Marc Olthoff

Category

Fine Art Photography - Fine Art / Other

Company

Molland Photography

Submission Group

Professional

Year

2023

Country / Region

Netherlands

Marc's creates single frame narratives; tantalising fine-art images that capture the viewer’s attention for much more than a quick glance. The primary objective of his images is not to be aesthetically pleasing, but to touch the viewer and to trigger his/her imagination.



This image is part of series "Stories", single frame narratives that places the viewer in the position of a voyeur, to witness to a strange situation that was likely not meant to become public or meant to be seen. The images frequently show an incomplete story or an unexpected twist. When looking deeper, often there are references to persons or items outside of the frame and/or unexpected elements that trigger questions. The viewer is invited to think and wonder about what she/he is actually seeing; what it means and, in the end, complete the story with one’s own thoughts.



The viewer’s creative process to ‘complete’ or ‘explain’ the story is an essential part of his work, and the images are set up in such a way that different viewers are likely to arrive at different explanations.



For Marc, the biggest compliment is that someone in the comfort of his home (on the couch with a glass of wine) has a flash-back and reflects on one of his images.

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