WAVE Collective is taking digital submissions for the theme Mystery is a Photograph coinciding with the duo show of Jonathan Liu and Victoria Louise Doyle taking place at the gallery café, Carmel by the Green until the 1st of April. We are accepting entries on an on going basis across a multitude of mediums until the 25th of March
Mystery is a Photograph is an exploration into the depths to which narrative can inform photography. Fundamentally it digs below the delicate surface of the photographic medium probing at where one story ends and another begins – gently tugging at the edges of what is unknown; a glance into the mysteries of photography, narrative, and storytelling.
This digital open call is coinciding with the physical exhibition of the same title that combines Jonathan Liu’s Mystery is a Compass with Victoria Louise Doyle’s The Photograph.
Jonathan Liu’s series ‘Mystery is a Compass’ follows the steps of young Evertte Ruess, a 20-year-old boy who disappeared into the US desert in 1934. Through expansive diary entries and photographs made in the very desert that Ruess was lost to, Liu expands upon Plato’s Meno ultimately questioning what it is to search for something when it’s form is utterly unknown.
Victoria Louise Doyle’s ‘The Photograph’ reflects upon Roald Dahl’s story The Witches in which a young girl goes missing from her home only to reappear as a figure in a painting in the family’s front room. Doyle considers the photographic image not only as a segment of time but also potentially as the taking of a physical space.
The works themselves mould together creating a cross referencing of narratives that are not separate at all but really bind themselves into a new and distinctive story. There are many themes at play within these works and through an open call we hope to receive a greater glimpse into the deconstruction of photography and narrative.
Photography is a conduit of thought. The process is key and one that enables direct contact to the subject of investigation. The space of the photograph is put into practice and movement through the image encouraged. A shifting of balance occurs as looking is used as a device for reflecting.