Jeannie - the unconscious eye
‘Jeanny’, a song recorded by the Austrian musician Falco in 1985, became a controversial number one hit. Several broadcasters banned it because the lyrics, although not overtly explicit in their reference to rape or abduction, strongly hinted at the musings of a stalker. Whatever happened to Jeanny is left to the listener’s imagination.
'Jeanny, life is not what it seems
Such a lonely little girl in a cold, cold world'
Leaving interpretation to the imagination, as with fairy tales, arouses more powerful reactions. This is also the aim of my photographic excursions - to evoke the observer’s unconscious fantasies. I seek to depict photographic stories with clues, hints and surprises, so that the perception of what lies within a photograph, elicits potent unconscious desires, impulses, angst and fears in the observer.
The full article is published in fLIP magazine 21: incognito (March 2012)