Growing up close to the Alps may seem like a fairytale, but for Tobias Wootton this enchanting setting sparked inspiration for his later photographic explorations. With German background and Scottish schooling, Wootton is widely exhibited across Europe. In an era plagued by CGI, his images encourage viewers to question what is real and what is artificial. Wootton will be exhibiting with jotta as part of DEVOUR at Battersea Park from Thursday March 10th.
In a time when computer-generated imagery (CGI) is so prevalent, how do your landscapes make the viewer question what is real versus what is unreal?
In an early series of mine, I illuminated whole landscapes at night for the camera, and most people would not believe it was not digitally generated. That bothered me, because I felt the image was more important than how it was made. In my recent work I just take a straight photograph of a scenery, and still a lot of people are not sure whether it’s real, a model, a montage or a 3D rendering.I find it interesting, that over the past decade, we have become so accustomed to artificially generated imagery, that we now seem to no longer trust photographs of ”real” scenes. Through my work I am interested in finding out what the parameters for the real and the unreal in captured images are in order to evoke the artificial in the real.
Note: Originally published on jotta on March 3, 2011