Space Invaders (I)
Making Strange is a still life and portrait project about the everyday. The title ‘Making Strange’ comes from the Irish phrase – to act nervous or shy when encountering a stranger or strange situation. Collaborations are always key in my work and it allowed me to work with the likes of Mary Clohisey (set designer), and Kieran Kilgallon (stylist and designer), who besides borrowing from young designers on this project, used recycled and up-cycled clothing from charity shops reworking them into new ensembles.
A McDonald’s paper bag becomes a vase, jumpers become hats; tights immerse shoes and jackets forge monolithic mounds. The title came about to highlight the bizarre in the banal, or vice versa: with Making Strange I hope to present a way of seeing things from two different perspectives.
Words: Andrew Nuding
Andrew is a finalist in the photography section of the 34th annual Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography which takes place this month. Irish photographer Daragh Soden won the Photography Jury Grand Prix in 2017.