trans·lu·cent

/transˈlo͞osnt,tranzˈlo͞osnt/

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adjective

  1. (of a substance) allowing light, but not detailed shapes, to pass through; semitransparent.

    "fry until the onions become translucent"

New York – an over-populated city of dreams, ambitions, emotions, and of course people. One cannot help but feel invisible, overwhelmed by this dense city. Translucence is a conceptual photo series that explores the state of unclarity; moreso, it navigates uncertainty. With  various social-media platforms that aid us into creating these false pretences of extreme happiness and a life neglecting emotional turmoil – such as loneliness, or any other so called “detrimental” emotions our lives in New York are showcased in a misleading manner. We put these false images of ourselves, in order to avoid the underlying truth. The German Symbolist movement emphasized similar notions. Within this movement the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche described life as a “foreboding that underneath this reality in which we live and have our being, another and altogether different reality lies concealed.” The truth scares us. The underlying truth is that we experience intense sentiments of loneliness, sadness, and states of depression; yet, we also endure heightened emotions of joy, happiness, love, and euphoria in this "dream-like" city of New York. The compilation of images are inspired by the ideas behind metaphysical paintings by the Italian artists during 1911-1920 in which they created paintings that revealed the reality underlying the appearances of facades. The series explores the fine blur between passionate joy and phlegmatic sadness felt within a state of translucence in this magical-harsh city.