The Perceptions project discusses the monumental void between the reality and the public perception of our fellow human beings. The unspoken way in which we instantly perceive an individuals makeup, their personality and being within a few moments of meeting. This project especically highlights those with cultural differences or hidden disabilities.
Using a collaborative combination of photography and audio Maryann Morris looks at the unseen and how that can affect the way in which we engage with our peers. Through photography, it is her aim to increase the viewers awareness of the unseen. The modern world we live in is diverse, multicultural and yet Maryann feels the level of ignorance and misunderstanding that she has uncovered since she began this project moved her to want to explore this absurdity that is perpetuated within a so called progressive society.
Morris’s objective is to entice the viewer to think, to question ones thoughts before spilling them into the world. these pieces are not designed to be understood upon rst glance, however, they invite and encourage the viewer to penetrate, sympathise even, with the piece in order to understand the issues the sitter presents with. Here forcing the viewer to mimic the ideals that we are we considering here.
The Perceptions project asks the human race to slow down and contemplate the potential hidden reality before addressing our perceptions out loud.
Maryann Morris invited people to sit for these images in the protagonists own space. Our appearance is mostly the luck of birth; Morris feels that someone’s space says so much more about them than the way they look, our spaces are full of all the things that we choose to surround ourselves with, a curation of things that are important to us. Morris then created each image over an extended period leaving only that curation in focus, meaning the viewer can only examine that which they can see.
While each photograph was being taken, Morris recorded the protagonist recalling their experiences and stories, not only did this result in the subject being out of focus, but it also gave the audio which was later be blended with the images to create this project.
It is also alluded that as the sitters’ identity is imperceptible, some people could remain anonymous if they wished, providing the freedom to speak without fear.
Spurred on by the political climate and the way in which she feels that is contributing to the rapid dissemination of communities, Morris felt that she has a duty to comment on issues that affect the not only the wider world, but also the impact on the community in which she lives. Having herself been a survivor of abuse and the resulting preconceptions, this encouraged Morris to create a project that entices the viewer to be more compassionate towards issues they can neither see nor understand.
To see the images alongside the audio vosit –