Although usually viewed as something ordinary, functional and familiar,
a second glance at a hairnet reveals an object of beauty and weirdness.
The webs of hairnets are delicate pathways capable of securing and unraveling in equal measure, designed to serve the often opposite desires of freedom and control.
Hairnets have been found in grave sites and archaeological digs dating from the 13th century onwards. The nets used to make these digital photograms were made from real human hair in the 1920s to 50s. They are delicate and often hand woven.
The fact that these were made from real human hair sets up all kinds of musings. Whose hair? Who knotted the net? Hair has always been a curiously emotive thing. It never dies, and cuttings of it have always been treasured as keepsakes. The Victorians in England perfected this with production of hair lockets and memento mori. Yet far from being treasured as relics, these hair nets were often discarded only to be discovered decades later in the bottom of someone's dresser drawer.
— Elaine Duigenan
Editor's Note: See an earlier series by Elaine Duigenan called Nylons.
Losing yourself to find yourself; finding yourself to know yourself—these enigmatic images show us how experiences of loss can be the most illuminating ones of all.
A "how-to" manual for gardening in a parallel universe? This quirky photobook features found images, collages and faux sculptures of surreal variations on plants, vegetables and other inorganic inventions.
Everything is a mystery in this novel-length nearly wordless artist's book by— and there is probably no unraveling the mystery except to experience it with pleasure. An incongruous sequence of black-and-white images seem like perfectly placed notes in a pleasingly discordant silent symphony.