The two Theories series saw the artist duo address concepts key to the heart of most photographic work, the ideals of beauty, the issues of reproduction, individuality and statement making as a whole within the medium.
Theories i consist of twenty life sized glass plate portraits of models that adhere to ideas of ‘classical beauty’. In this exploration Walter & Zoniel capture the landscape of flesh – naked and raw – without the retouching associated with contemporary photography. For all of their glass plates, the artist duo have massively scaled up the medium. Using their purpose built WZBOX.3 camera, a room-sized camera, housing a lens from 1890 and a laboratory within.
This process consequently captures the most detailed renderings of any skin or surface, revealing pores, colourations, and imperfections in the skin, yet each one is phenomenally beautiful, drawing something ethereal from their subjects in a manner that is totally unique.
This combination of subject matter and unique photographic process offers the viewer questions on their own perception of beauty and how those lines of perception have been potentially blurred with the concept of perfection which prevails in so much modern, retouched photographic works. Theories ii reflects upon the questions of individuality, re-production, and personal statements with a filmed performance that of the artists creating and inking the walls of their room sized camera with renaissance tempera paint.