Bittersweet by Hanna Hetherington, Sydney
260 x 150 cm
‘Bittersweet’ is an exploration into the connection between reality and illusion created by staged photography. These photographs narrate scenes of life where flawed characters search for an absolution to their desires, the fictional worlds and characters within become agents of illusion in order to satisfy the spectators desire.
The idealistic worlds projected by the illusion of a photograph are bittersweet, they are worlds that are dreamt of but can never truly be obtained – the audience is privileged a keyhole view, as they peer into another world, and what is witnessed is the synthesis that manifests between the viewer and viewed, between external perception and reality.