photographic series / The Dream of the Red Room
The Dream of the Red Room
photographic series 2004 - 2016
the house of o'dwyer
Dream of the Red Room
'...Perception coloured. A miasma. Seeing red.
Glamour, danger, anger, horror,
terror, hot, erotic.
A single point of view. A containment. A curse.
Scenes preserved in amber aspic.
A stain. A brothel. Theatrics.
Delusion. Objectivity prevented.
Passion blinding, distortion, reality.
The desire. The pursuit. The capture.
Trapped mentality, disorientating. A glass bell ...'
The photographs in this series by hood, are an attempt on one level to replicate the delight of a child looking at the world through the coloured glass of a perfume bottle found on mother’s dressing table.
Or looking at the world through a translucent coloured sweet wrapper.
The filter exists as both a medium in which to preserve and trap images. It is also a barrier to reality.
Back in the day, in horror films, to signify the monster's point of view the scene could be shot with a red filter and a hand held camera.
The Dream of the Red Room is a series that reflects on and represents distorted perception, strong emotion and the flight from reality.