Lachlan Stonehouse is a current student at Launceston Church Grammar studying year 12. His current art practise being heavily influenced by aesthetics in the commercial world, the circulation of images online and the visual language used in todays society.
The selection of images chosen respond to the question: what is photography? which conjures up numerous possible answers, in this case the utilization of unorthodox techniques is used to challenge and upend the notion of what a photograph can be in art by the juxtaposition of seemingly contradictory elements. These images explore the changing role of photography in the 21st century, in particular the way in which we interpret and understand images. This is highlighted through hyper realistic portraits, appropriated stock images, abstract prints, and collaged photos.
There are certain aesthetics in the commercial world we are bombarded with day in and day out, here it is utilized in a fine art context. This collection of work operates as a metaphor and raises questions around copy culture and the advent of digital imaging where photos are now being repurposed to a point that ownership is no longer applicable.