Sharyl Ila

 
Teoman Irmak

‘Window dressing’ 2008

“I think photography should no longer solely be a mirror held up to society or nature.”

When does manipulation go too far?
What I do should always be evolving, constantly looking for the next step. In such an environment there can never be a last enquiry a point when I finally run out of curiosity.

What ever claims you make, it is still quite plain that looking at the work, you can’t tell it is a photograph.
Why is this important? I’m not interested in re-creating images I see daily in magazines. They are doing a terrific job without me.
Photography is great at recording. It is perfect in fact. But I think photography should no longer solely be a mirror held up to society or nature. I want to move it more towards revealing. It is not too accomplished at that.

Revealing what?
All that is not at first visible. What the original image is or how it is taken is not actually that important. If an aspect is initially there I consider it to be trivial, too obvious. What I am really interested in is what can be ‘teased’ out of a picture. An aspect of a lot of art is subjective reinterpretation and this is exactly what I’m doing, but to extremes. Why place an arbitrary limit on this process?