Rosetta Whitehead Light Painting
Winner of 2014 Fotoura Light Painting Competition
Like the photographers that most inspired her, Man Ray and Jerry Uelsmann, Rosetta found a way to push the limits of photography and create surreal imagery in a dark room without the use of Photoshop which was Light painting. Light painting animation is her next dream using multiple cameras and a rig.
Early inspirations included the filmmaker Jan Svankmajer’s stop-frame animation, 'Alice', and the French erotic photographer, Irina Ionesco.
In her own words: "Chance plays an integral role in my work, revealing new paths to explore. No matter what my intentions, the unexpected will always surface. Things I cannot predict. It is this that makes the creative process so exciting. I often use fabrics, and my array of torches, lasers, and fibre optics act as my paint brushes. I am drawn to the female form, playing with the feminine archetype. Maybe this is because I have always been surrounded by beautiful, spirited women. I do not like to dictate how the viewer should feel about my work. I create, I leave the viewer to analyse and make what they will of it. I hope to capture a world rich yet raw, romantic yet tragic. I am looking for images that are mystical, ethereal, fragile and momentary. But, most importantly, images that are serene. It is a sense of serenity that I am most obsessed with realizing in my work."