Barbara Cole, often called an inventor, uses a raw, hands-on photographic process that is consistent with her belief that the possibilities of photography are virtually limitless.
Since the early 1980s, she has channeled her appreciation for the camera itself. She is committed to the history of photography by moving away from automatic cameras and techniques. Barbara Cole uses photography to play with notions of time, place and identity.
In her numerous series, Cole often asks the question: how do you paint an image of timelessness? How do you capture the feeling of weightlessness in an image? Her ethereal photography has a typically painterly quality, with the transformation of figures a dominant theme in her work. Although she works with traditional photographic means, Cole's approach and aesthetic has become more like that of a painter over the past 30 years. The artist's work focuses on a powerful narrative, some with external motifs and others with intense figure transformations that only tell the story. Cole's background in fashion and fashion editorial naturally leads to a process that channels her experience into creating a particular mood with costumes and backgrounds.
Author: Barbara Cole
Size: 275 x 340 mm
Size: 208 pages