Text by Clare Callaghan
The mystifying, foggy memories of Edie Sunday’s are captured within images often broken by light leaks and obscured colours.
Artist Edie Sunday invites us to delve into scenes of a wonderfully dreamlike state: a place where we ponder what is real and what is not, and where the surreal intertwines with the fragile. Her images give a refreshing view of photography using certain analogue techniques that have become instinctively her own. The soft, delicate colours surround portraits of naked bodies in undisclosed spaces.
There is a particular power to Sunday’s painterly images. Her work gives strength to the women in her photographs, often photographed amongst nature; each individual portrays a sense of liberation. The natural beauty Edie Sunday captures is further conveyed through the physicality of the photographs themselves. The spontaneity of expired Polaroid, alongside the use of double exposures and manually altering her negatives, gives further meaning to the images. As she follows her subjects on adventures in the wilderness, she follows snippets of their lives, which like many other humans is filled with beauty and uncertainty. Nothing in life is predictable, and the way Edie Sunday produces her images is in the least predictable form. Her work is based around experiments and opportunities that can never be done the same way twice.
Through these images we gain a sense of the photographer herself, who she is as a person, the connection she has with those she photographs, and the unique perception she has upon the world. Her intimate images connect the viewer on an emotive level, often channeling themes of femininity through these empowered women.
More of Edie Sunday’s mesmerizing work can be seen on her website and Instagram.