Michael Hicks Submission
My body of work No Man’s Land is driven by the search for purpose in a world that feels devoid of meaning. The visual aesthetics of film noir act as surrogates for psychological anxiety, fear and desire, of a narrative repressed beneath the surface.
The subjects of my photographs are witnesses to their own private apocalypse. They have resigned themselves to the fact that their best years behind them – still, they strive for something that lies just out of reach. They are characters that I have cast as working people – hotel clerks, salespeople, actors and actresses, bartenders, police detectives. They move through a manufactured landscape, playing their prescribed roles, existing in suspended moments of tension that never resolve, aware that death lies at the end of every road. The action is happening just out of frame, much like death, standing right at the edge of what we can comprehend.