katyal; The Gaze Series


I will be showing a series of images under the theme of ‘The Gaze’

I wanted to understand the relationship between the photographer, subject and viewer. What I can physically ask family members to do in front of the camera, how they respond and how far they would be prepared to go.

I have been learning how can I physically direct the gaze of the viewer around my images. Throughout the project I have learnt to use my camera in a constructive way allowing me to not only manipulate what you, my viewer, can see within the image, but the purpose of this exhibition piece is to enable the viewer to physically interact and gaze through a slide viewer. Subsequently containing nothing more than the subject and your eyes.

How would it change what you see and feel, knowing the girl you are looking at is my sister?

Does that now change how you look at her?

Writtle facebook event;

Exhibition webpage;

I have created a sister blog ‘katy al;the gaze’.

Within this blog I will explore the theme of Females used within art and The Gaze.

An example of what can be seen;

Following on with the projection work I have already completed. I have decided to continue forward with this element within my photography. I have undertaken some research into artists who use cultural influences within their work.

I have been really interested in the works by Shrin Neshat – research to her work can be found on my blog here I hand painted the design and then projected this over the female in the image. This was designed to bring the photographer forward into the image, which is the basis of my project.

I have been researching some meaning behind the Persian motifs and patterns. A really interesting read behind some patterns I sound here. Although I did not find anything relating to this patten which is designed on beauty and the female.

Persia (Iran) has long been a center of carpet production. Women, and children under women’s guidance, were central to the production of this practical and artistic creation, crucial to the economy as well as the arts in early and modern Iran. Persian carpets are traditionally known for their tremendous variety in design, colour, size, and weave. Moreover, they are known for the uniqueness of each and every rug produced.

In the 20th century, women have reclaimed weaving as an art. In the Bauhaus movement, women were virtually relegated to the loom, however, as sexual stereotyping shaped assumptions about “women’s art.”


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