Lucas Blalock is a shifty one, constantly tricking us with layered images, double exposures and crazy patterns in his photographs. Based in New York, Blalock draws our attention to the mechanics of the medium, it’s inherent ability to confuse and alter known reality. We are made conscious that we are ‘looking’ at an image, and mirrors and duplicated objects further reinforce the optical illusions. At times it can be very difficult to find the foreground of the image, or even discern what the ‘real’ part actually is. This is the beauty of photography…and Photoshop. Blalock also references film and art history (such as Cezanne’s still life fruit) in his work quite a lot, squishing his work into context with ease. Whilst this sort of visual trickery has been frowned on in the past, I find it more and more relevant as my friends use apps on their iPhones to be more ‘arty’ or ‘vintage’. Blalock is truly a photographer’s photographer.
Text by Marion Piper.