Fiona Osborne’s photograph was one out of 3,266 chosen for this year’s Foto8 Summershow. Her subtle, feminine work hints at surrealism. It’s all sounds very well thought out, but she’s still having a laugh and dancing around in hotel rooms…
Guest explores the relationship between person and an unfamiliar interior surrounding. The work references how quickly the body adjusts to an unknown space and identifies with it
Dazed Digital: Tell me about your piece in the Foto8 show?
Fiona Osborne: The photograph of the girl in the curtain with long, dark hair was chosen for the Foto8 Summershow 2012. The photograph is from the series ‘Guest’ and the subject is my best friend in my Grandma's bedroom curtains. It’s a very simple, anonymous photograph to anyone else, but to me it's personal and tells a story.
DD: How does it feel being exhibited alongside so many exciting photographers?
Fiona Osborne: To have my photograph exhibited alongside some of the best contemporary photographers is such a privilege. All the work on show is so diverse and there is no house style, which I think is fantastic. It's a great show and a vital tool for teaching others about contemporary photography.
DD: What’s the concept behind this series?
Fiona Osborne: ‘Guest’ explores the relationship between person and an unfamiliar interior surrounding. The work references how quickly the body adjusts to an unknown space and identifies with it. ‘Guest’ addresses the dependence the body has upon interiors and the dependence interiors have upon the body in creating harmony and discord.
DD: What do you look to for inspiration?
Fiona Osborne: I'm often inspired by the mundane. I find a strange energy in the overlooked that makes me want to play with it. These are the things and places we connect with subconsciously, where our real emotion lies. The most simplistic thing can be the most inspiring thing; you just have to look that little bit deeper.
DD: Your photos have an element of dance in them, is this something you've thought about?
Fiona Osborne: Strangely, I have never been a dancer, but dance is one of my key influences for a lot of my work, especially 'Guest'. I would describe 'Guest' as a performance piece with a photographic outcome. The subjects performed in the rooms, using their bodies to experience and connect to the space. I looked at a lot of expressionist and contemporary dance; Pina Bausch was a huge inspiration.
DD: Anonymity is also a thread through your work, why do you decide to hide the faces of your models?
Fiona Osborne: I started doing this to avoid making the work more personal then it already is. A lot of the time I use myself as the model, but this does not mean the work is about 'me'. Instead I aim to use my body as a tool for society to reflect a thought or feeling that most people can relate to.
DD: New projects?
Fiona Osborne: The female form compliments my delicate style and often the locations I shoot in. However, I am keen to start shooting males in similar situations for a different outcome. I am in the process of planning new shoots and seeing where things take me!
Foto8, 1-5 Honduras Street, London, EC1Y 0TH, until August 18, 2012