John Batho / Present & Absent

French Photographer; John Batho, born 1939, created a set of photographs named ‘Present & Absent’, 1998.

Batho has photographed people in front of a condensed window, resulting in a ghostly like figure. The humans become very disturbing as the water vapour on the window makes them un-interpretable; making them a trace of the human species rather than a human.

These works are hugely inspirational to me, as they epitomize a ghost; the spirit of a person, yet remain abstract. I love how the people appear faded yet so visible; the works are made so simply, yet the context has be completely changed. Inspired by this work, I want to create a more tactile piece like this; possibly using a sheer material.






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