The Dark Collection plays with the idea that an ordinary object can look like something completely different depending on the angle, lighting, and the viewer's psychological predisposition. The series explores the process of visual perception; what happens between seeing an object and understanding what we see.
The photographs make up a "Wunderkammer" -like collection of things that somehow look as if they were alive, reminiscent of the feeling from childhood when waiting to fall asleep in a darkened room and the shadows started growing faces.
In order to make sense of the world we tend to interpret abstract shapes as bodies and faces. In our minds the inanimate can become somehow animated, perhaps even alive. We relate to images and objects by projecting our being and emotions onto them, and reversely by recognizing parts of ourselves in things. It is in this context that the project explores the notion of empathy in relation to vision.
For me the photograph is a selected point of view, a chosen representation of the real object. In the manner that my imagery may evoke multiple interpretations, it also illustrates the fickle nature of vision. How we perceive reality is greatly influenced by our personality, psychological predisposition, and our emotions. As James Elkins says: "Ultimately, seeing alters the thing that is seen and transforms the seer. Seeing is metamorphosis, not mechanism."