Having studied Fine Art at Reading University and University College London, it is very clear that this field translates strongly in Helen Sear's photography. I came across her 'Inside the View' whilst looking for examples of double exposure photography for my fifth assignment.
At first glance her Inside the View images would appear to similar to that of other double exposure images. One photograph (a portrait) sits in the centre of the frame, with a clear distinctive shape, which reveals part of the image (a landscape) it is covering. However, in Helen Sear's images she has painstakingly revealed the background by drawing a network of lines, which resemble lace. David Campany (2006) considers this pattern to be like a veil for the viewer to look at, and look through. It encourages the viewer to interrogate the scene further, in the same way that Sear's subject appears to be doing. Maybe the veil is a metaphor for the untouchable, unreachable picturesque landscapes that we catch a glimpse of when the conditions are right.
It appears to be that Sear's intention is to blur the boundaries between photography and art even further. That they almost overlap.
Sear's work has encouraged me to not just think about which two images I combine for my fifth assignment, but also how I will combine them.
Campany, D. (2006) Helen Sear: Inside the View. Photoworks, Autumn/Winter http://davidcampany.com/helen-sear-inside-the-view/