“Monster In My House”, photography / image manipulation work
This work is a piece about child abuse. Similar to my other works, it is a visual narrative. The narrative is of a father and daughter relationship. I am utilizing a sequential series of images. The daughter is desperate for her father’s attention. When the father does give her attention, it is not a positive interaction and the father takes out his personal frustrations on the child. Also, I was trying to relate the unconditional love children feel for their parents at that age. That even though this man is a “monster”, the child still wants his attention. Unlike my other works, I am utilizing just photography (photos were taken by Autumn Connaughton) and heavy image manipulation via Photoshop. I tried to stress the ugliness of the father with a cool color scheme and use of Photoshop filters to make him appear “ugly”. The child is in a warm color scheme and very little is done in the form of filters.
On a side note, I used myself and my daughter as the “models” in this work. I found the experience quite disturbing. Even now, I have a hard time looking at these images. I could not imagine treating my child like this, or acting like this. Hopefully, others find this work as disturbing as I do, as that is the point of this piece. It is an ugly and disturbing subject, I set out to create ugly and disturbing images.
Monster In My House
KMC (Kevin Connaughton) & Autumn Connaughton
Photography / Image manipulation
150″ x 18″