Noell S. Oszvald – ‘Prisoner of My Soul’

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From Budapest, the Hungary-based photographer Noell S. Oszvald has been making waves online with her impressive portfolio on her Flickr page. Looking at just a few of the 22 photographs, it’s hard to imagine that this is the work of someone who only took up photography a little over a year ago.

The haunting black and white images reveal none of Oszvald’s amateur status; in fact, they demonstrate a clear vision that is aided by editing and digital manipulation skills that most photographers spend years working for.

So why the lack of colour?

In My Modern Met, the artist revealed that colours are more a distraction in her work, rather than an assist. “I feel the same way about clothes and other matters of appearance,” she confessed, “which is why I like to reduce my images to forms, composition and content.”

It’s hard to argue against Oszvald’s logic, as these images seem hardly lacking for any emotional depth, even without the use of colour. They appear carefully calculated and bursting with details that can keep you enthralled for hours.

Like with Jessica Tremp’s work from last week, there is something uncanny and death like about the photographs. From the subtle outline to the ribs, to the ghost-like veil that features in some of the photographs. So what does this allusion to death represent? Is death even meant to be there?

If you’re looking for answers from the artist, you might be sorely disappointed.

“I don’t want to tell people what to see in my images,” explains Oszland, “this is the reason why I never really write any descriptions other than titles. It shows what I wish to express but everyone is free to figure out what the picture says to them. It’s very interesting to read so many different thoughts about the same piece of work.”

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All images via. Noell S. Oszval
Quotes via. My Modern Met

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