Friday, January 3, 2014

Richard Learoyd

Richard Learoyd is a contemporary photographer who has very little presence on the world wide web, therefore there is next to nothing written about him.
He creates fantastic still life's using dead animals and birds,made by camera obscura; these photos are reminiscent of the early Surrealists. Many early Surrealist's would arrange objects in combinations that would challenge reason and summon subconscious and poetic associations. Surrealist leader Andre Breton believed that this new form of sculpture, called assemblage, had the power to punter the thin veneer of reality, and tap into the subconscious mind. As Breton stated, 
"To aid systematic derangement of all the senses…it is my opinion that we must not hesitate to bewilder sensation…" (source)
His dead hares remind me of Joseph Beuys works, such as 'How to explain pictures to a Dead hare.' 

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