Censor:The Public Eye is an ongoing photography project, engaging with questions of surveillance, censorship and privacy in imagery. What does the pervasiveness of the (digital) photo mean for self-awareness? What does it mean to censor “someone”; is it simply the physical body? How much of the body needs to be censored for someone to be anonymous? Just faces, all of the skin, or even clothing? How does one censor a person’s presence in a photograph? What is the photographer’s position and responsibility in documenting strangers? What does it mean for social space to be considered “public”?
I want to explore how censorship may go beyond usual associations of restriction, as this exact approach may be a restrictive understanding of the censored image itself. Ultimately, I do not attempt to find definite answers to these questions, but aim to explore the aesthetic potential of the censored image within this debate.
- Amstelveen, the Netherlands (2014/2015).
- Antwerp, Belgium (2013).
- Beijing, China (2015).
- Breda, the Netherlands (2014).
- Cape Point, South Africa (2014).
- Cape Town, South Africa (2014).
- Gold Beach, France (2013).
- Huntington Beach, United States (2015).
- Noordwijk, the Netherlands (2014).
- Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2013).
- Versailles, France (2013).
- Zadar, Croatia (2015).