Shot on a 6×7 black and white film, Joanna Chudy‘s series is a poetic novel about human weaknesses and the experience of sadness, helplessness and pain.
“It is a personal story, naturally independent in its individuality, which, while revealing some fragment of the world, does not offer its timeless and objective image.”The series, called ‘The pictures of emotions and other ailments of a sensitive human’, is a melancholic portrait of people who, unable to find their place in reality, deal with painful emotions. Rather than revealing the identity of her characters, Chudy focuses on creating the particular mood for the feelings they experience – sleepiness, boredom, loss of self-awareness. “It is a personal story, naturally independent in its individuality, which, while revealing some fragment of the world, does not offer its timeless and objective image. This personal nature of narrative, taken from Roland Barthes, seems to determine the way the story is told, highlighting the narrator’s identification with the protagonist,” says Chudy. Although we don’t know much about the time or the place of the story, we can see that the main hero is a lonely young woman who, as the photographer describes, is in a state of anomie. “Youth and its energy seem to contrast strongly with the state of anomie. And this is exactly a combination offering a true depiction of the human being and their moods.”
All images © Joanna Chudy