Staged Photographs

2009 - 2010

Staged Photographs is an ongoing series of meticulously arranged portraits. The photographs reconstruct identities and characters of significant 20th and 21st century literature. The project aims to capture psychological subtleties and patterns that transcend time. 

The idea to the project emerged while reading novels. A few of the scenes in the novels formed strong images in front of my mind’s eye. Photography to me contains the possibility to externalise inner psychological procedures by framing these processes into the narrated structures of an image. 

Gestures can be read as frozen moments in time, which point to a past and a future. Everyday situations are interrupted by seemingly harmless occurrences that lead to a standstill of the main characters. In this very moment the inner world of the depicted is turned inside out, and becomes visible to the spectator. 

JANA KOELMEL

Visual Artist | Filmmaker