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Michael C Coldwell photography theory Leeds University Dr Michael Schofield >>

MATHEMATICS , 2021

These psychedelic photographs of University architecture are built on the same concept and method used in last year’s Everything is Real series - this time interrogating not only photography’s innate truth claim (and potential to mislead),
but the differing views of the real we get from the many discrete disciplines of knowledge. Once again, everything you see in each image is a true photographic trace, a complete index of a real building captured with a camera -
the only further intervention being the introduction of reflection. This time further mirrors are added to the mix, multiplying both the complexity of what we can see and the room for its (mis)interpretation, distorting the reality represented
into increasingly surreal forms and patterns - whole new worlds implied within them. Each picture of a real building becomes a kind of kaleidoscope of its structure, implicated also as an illusionistic and metaphorical portrait of the
intellectual discipline studied within it. While every subject certainly contains some truth, a radically different view of reality is always constructed from each separate vantage point.

Most of the original photographs used for the series were taken of structures around campus at the University of Leeds in 2021.

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