Smokescreens aims to challenge the relationship between reality and fantasy, whilst playing on our curiosity of death through the construction of simulated murder scenes, realised through the coupling of images of landscapes with quotes from serial killers. 

The work confronts our perception of reality, our reliance on images as a form of truth, and a way of questioning photography’s unscrupulous abilities as a means of representation. It is the result of an exploration into the relationships forged between language and images, and how the union of images, or even the addition of a single word, can manipulate the meaning or context of a photograph into representing something not entirely sincere. 

The title refers to the lies and deceit routinely evidenced in murder enquiries but also acts as a metaphor for photographs themselves. Should we always believe what we see?

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