photography, University of Kentucky

Ali Deane




Ali Deane
A-S 380: Black and White Darkroom Photography I
Gelatin Silver Prints; 9″ x 6.5″ (not pictured)
Liquid Light Prints; 9″ x 6.5″
Liquid Light Prints w/ encaustic; 9″ x 6.5″

When she told me she was going through with the procedure, I was in Lexington. I was in shock and wasn’t sure how to respond. When it was time for surgery, I took a long weekend and went to her. I took her to the hospital, waited (ALONE) in the hospital while she was in sugary, stayed with her overnight, and took her home the next day. I was there when she had to bathe and change her bandages for the first time. I saw her mixed emotions of both fear and relief firsthand.

This piece focuses on insecurities in the media. The work display’s a female posing (accepting) and then re-covering one of her biggest insecurities. While she presents confidence and peace (1.5 years later), she is not open to share this part of her wit just anyone. The images contain a loss of identity for this reason. There is a present unknown. The images present a highly vulnerable and personal moment in time.

Insecurity exists as the media creates unrealistic ideals. The media skews and fogs the mind as the female is constantly affected by the stereotypes and “idealized images”. The pure black and white images represent the pure though and emotion that occurred in front of the camera, while the images covered in the wax add an internal emotional experience that exists in the recovery process (with self, both physically and emotionally). The mixed emotions are added to the surface. There is a progression in coverage happening in the black and white images, which creates a shift in emotion….and through these stages of masking and unmasking, come different emotional experiences (waxed).

“When it comes to changes in our bodies, no matter what a woman’s age, those changes will challenge how we see ourselves and our perception of how others see us. This can be especially true for women who have had a mastectomy or bilateral surgery since images in the media so often place a heavy emphasis on how women look.”

7 thoughts on “Ali Deane”

  1. These are absolutely beautiful pieces, even without the description I could see the insecurities by way of obscuring or not showing the face. This also indicated how personal it was. Very well developed concept and works of art. Thank you for sharing.

  2. These are gorgeous the texture in the images is captures my attention. I really love the colors within these images, and the milky texture of the images.

  3. The images portray the concept really well. The complexity of the images is enhanced with the play on texture and colors. Your printing is well done in terms of technique. I hope to see more of your images from the series.

  4. I really enjoy the sense of texture and color in these photographs. The background in black and white helps me focus but the color and texture really improve the sense of depth without being completely overpowering. I like the subtly that they give off especially with the intent of portraying insecurity behind them. I think that helps prove the message very well to the viewer.

  5. The texture and subtle color are gorgeous. I wouldn’t expect how much it helps to bring attention to the images instead of drawing away from it. I had a close family friend undergo a bilateral mastectomy yesterday and these images are very moving and a beautiful depiction of female beauty. So much of the female identity is wrapped up in what our bodies look like and it is terrifying to think about losing part that. This is, unfortunately, something that a significant portion of women will go through in their lifetime. This is gorgeous.

  6. These are beautiful and I love how each one is strong enough to stand on its own or be a part of a series. I would love to know more about your technique because it’s really stunning. Fantastic job.

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