Laura Gonzalez


5 Jul 2007

A photo a day

mamiya 645I have to train my eye, reader, train it to a new method of working. That way of working is a lot more technical and scientific than what I have been used to, with my little collages, my clay sculptures, my silly objects. Photography has its own way of being, especially if one is interested in a Fine Art photographic practice, rather than journalism, documentation, or plain photo chavving –you know, that mobile phone business. As a way of training these eyes of mine (the physical, the psychical), I am going to take, or at least carefully look at, a picture a day. Those, which will not necessarily constitute of relate to my artwork, will, of course be published online here, at least for the time being.

Hopefully it will inform my actual photographic practice.My new best friend for the summer is a beautiful Mamiya 645, a delight to touch. For this, an many other things that will slowly come up on these pages over the next months, I must warmly thank Vaughan Judge, for his time, his support, and his belief that my images may reveal seduction.

Posted in Blog, Methodology, PhD

2 Responses to “A photo a day”

  1. Laura Gonzalez said:

    I closed my Fotolog, as it just became silly… More about the comments than the photos and the interface was hugely restrictive…

  2. Nikon D40 said:

    […] I have had it two days and have taken a fair amount of images with it already, most of which are far better than those obtained with my point-and-shoot. This is really a camera for dummies, so all I have to do is think about the picture. It is a real pleasure. And a light one, assuaging my biggest fear. What a delight not to have live view, either. Looking through a view finder changes your relationship to the image, as Serge Tisseron pointed out. It helps to conceptualise the world and understand it, rather than just represent it. Almost a mystical experience, one I knew about from using the blind Mamiya. […]

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.