Making Strange

Making Strange is a snapshot of images captured when the selfie function on a mobile phone is turned away from the self and is directed at the world around us. 

The familiar becomes strange, when this popular and often narcissistic mode of photography is upended, and draws attention to the overlooked qualities of things and places and relationship between them. 

Bypassing two photographic brags, the high-tech, architectural hero shot devoid of people, and the low fi selfie that puts humans and places at the centre, this exhibition defamiliarises the built environment. 

Ignoring big technologies, drone shots and conventions such as scale, dimensionality, perspective and context, these images of interior and exterior spaces, and the details of surfaces aim to slow things down. 

Making Strange invites an engagement with these structures and their material qualities as they are perceived by the selfie-lens, and not as they are known.

Five Walls Project Space, April 2024