This submissions comes from Jil Leister, who is currently living in Berlin, but studying Design Communication somewhere closer to Düssledorf.
Jil’s Photography work operates in the way that her images tend to premeditated, This serves as the models for what she's trying to achieve and controls the direction these photographs take.
JIl's work explores the nature of absence in photography, this body of work is aptly named Absence
“A view into a surrealistic space/ room is granted. Its light simultaneously expresses movement and stasis while the body is serving as surface between inside and outside”
A few of these images almost seem reminiscent of a Nan Goldin shot, Pawels Back. Something that also speaks of absence. Nan shows the absent lover turned away, unengaged.
Jil’s wider body of work has recurring themes looking at symmetry and the patterns created in structures she has come across. As is the case in Absence, Jil contrasts almost seemly unrelated images to create more depth to the work and uses their distinction to further the meaning
“Photos that got taken while I have been travelling often seem to have a certain pattern of symmetry or repetitive colours. That's why I usually use daylight instead of photographing in a studio with the exception of Alter Ego, it emphasises the focus on mimics and gestures instead of any influence from the background or clothes.”
"The series Absence put emphasis on posture, room and light. It is about the room as time.
A reflection of room and time which we are situated in. Transience, which takes place whether we are present or not, is the reason I alternated photos from inside and outside to act as comparison"
That's why the depicted people and objects are averted from the spectator because it bears no relation to it. Instead the object or person is part of a cycle with its surroundings.
Furthermore the tangible room we are living in is not too relevant either, but more so the transparent we are in. That's why I played with translucent synthetical objects embodying a sort of shell.