"The Price of Enlightenment" is a series of still-life images featuring dolls, doll heads, statuettes, and other objects whose meanings have been shifted from playfulness to serious inquiries of religion, politics, gender and death. A year and a half in the making, this body of work represents a shift in how Blanchfield employs the medium of photography. Moving away from street photography and into a studio environment, she now creates photographs that express an original vision. With these images, she uses the camera to explore her own thoughts and feelings and tell a more personal story.
“While using these outwardly simple and unexpected objects, I address concepts that I have long struggled with. These photographs are the result of my inner conflicts with religion and science; death, mythology, and spirituality. Working within the limitations of black and white film and a minimalist composition, I looked for a new way to communicate ideas about human nature and our capacity for evil. Influenced by religious iconography, symbolism, literature, and paintings from the Renaissance to the Expressionists and Surrealists, I have created a series of images that suggest a narrative and lend themselves to multiple interpretations.”
All photographs are selenium-toned silver gelatin prints and were shot with a Hasselblad 500c and Ilford Delta 100 film.