“It is very dangerous to unmask images, since they dissimulate the fact that there is nothing behind them.”
- Jean Baudrillard
Photography is a medium of transformation. The photograph siphons out reality’s third dimension, and leaves behind only hollow and intangible masks of its subjects. When confronted with something intangible, perception can make it more significant than it really is.
Philosopher Marshal Mcluhan claimed that the camera turns people in to things. Conversely, I believe that as far as perception is concerned, the camera turns things into people. An action figure, when photographed following a protocol of selective elimination, will not be seen as an inanimate replica, but as the living source.