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I’m a visual artist using photography to explore things about life and existence that I will never fully understand. I studied BA (hons) Photography and I’m currently torturing myself with the idea of post-grad study. Much of my work includes the body, but body is not really my subject. To make my work, I often use myself but my images are not intended to be a mirror-reflection of ‘real-life’ me. Using myself is an important part of my creative process — it allows me to interrogate my subjects much more rigourously. To clarify: my images are made to explore subjects…


The photographic image is often presented as ‘reality’ intended to communicate concrete facts about the subject depicted. My practice works towards breaking this illusion by revealing itself as construction. And the reason: even when I use myself to make work inspired by my own interests and personal history, the resulting image/s isn’t ‘real-life’ me. It’s a made-to-be-seen construction. The same applies when I photograph models — the image is never about the model specifically, but something bigger than that. The body in my work is intended to humanise my subject and, because of that, specific identity is often obscured. Even…


As a visual artist who frequently explores subjects using the body, I often hit walls when it comes to presenting my work. The body as object is difficult to overcome; we see skin and, naturally, we think sex. The body is such a powerful visual that it often dominates the meaning behind any image it is used to create (justthe word you’d expect when discussing an object). And, if you ask me, that’s perfectly a-okay. Although the body as object is not the intended meaning behind my work, visual art has power because it can mean whatever…


It’s tough to decide how much contextual information to include when sharing visual art. On one hand, the meaning behind the image is important for me to communicate. On the other, I want to leave it open for the viewer to decide. That said, here’s some information that I feel is important to include with this project.

My mother left me when I was a baby. Even though it may be difficult for other people to understand how a mother could leave her child, I completely forgive her decision. My father was a monster and leaving was a necessity. The…


As I write this short post about censorship and social media, I wonder if it serves any purpose. Censorship and social media is a subject that’s already flogged bloody. Everyone has an opinion — either for or against — and the issue seems impossible to resolve. Even inside my own head, I’m completely stuck.

It’s like this: although I frequently use body/nudity in my work, my subject is rarely sexual. To clarify: I’m not saying that images made to explore sex as a subject have no value, just that sex is a subject that I don’t feel compelled to explore…

Andrew Be

I’m a photography graduate using the body to explore subjects that extend beyond the physical. Portfolio: www.andrewbe.com

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