14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Black and White studio portrait ; digitally manipulated.

'No Exit' My visual enquiry behind the image discusses how human intellect is controlled and censored via power structures such as media, governments, politics and religion. I was inspired by Plato's ideology ' The Allegory of the Cave' and Jean Paul Sartre's concept of 'Hell is other people' which considers the struggle of identity and conformity. The poetry book 'A season In Hell' by the artist Arthur Rimbaud was also an inspiration to my visual concept which takes a further look in to the behaviour of the self. The image wishes to portray notions of entrapment and testimony and how human intellect struggles with genuinity, the subject is almost a fugitive of it's own behaviour.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2016
Date Uploaded: 08.2016
Photo Location: Swansea, United Kingdom
Copyright: © Shelly Hopkins