CHRIS KLEIHEGE

These photographs purposely determine the viewing experience. They use shape, light, shadow and focus to create a perceptual conflict in the viewer. In a photograph the viewer's eyes tend to be attracted to that which is in focus and that which is brightest. By placing only the eyes in focus and letting the rest of the body fall out of focus, the viewer's eyes are drawn to the subject's eyes. By placing the head in focus but in deep shadow and leaving the rest of the body out of focus, the viewer has no obvious point on which to focus.