Entry Title: "Studio Fantasy"
Name: Bill Durgin , United States
Category and Expertise: Fine Art, Professional
Entry Description: Derived from popular conceits, Studio Fantasy is a satirical and sincere approach to creating work in the studio. Grip equipment, edges of the set, and color balance tools become subject matter while models pose behind pixilated prints of themselves, calling attention to contemporary digital techniques and self-censoring on social media. The final images are of a singular set composed for the camera, incorporating ideas of collage while referencing photographic technique and labor. Photographing in the studio is an often banal and arduous process, Studio Fantasy is a fetishization of studio equipment and presents studio craft as fantasy.