Fragmented | Helin Bereket, a photographer and designer based in Berlin/Germany, has created the series Fragmented to let her Instagram followers know about a photo contest with the topic „change your perspective“.
The moment she saw the topic she knew that that was the very first thing she had to do – change her own perspective by shooting something that she normally wouldn’t. Usually, her photos consist of spontaneous, natural moments that she stumbles upon. This time, she decided to plan the series, choose a location and use a model. This was the first step. The second step was changing the perspective contextually.
In contrast to beautiful women in beautiful places that we are used to seeing everywhere, she used an unadorned, naked woman in an ordinary place that would not necessarily be considered beautiful. It was important to her that, despite the nudity, there is nothing attractive in the photos. The mirror contributes to her effort to disassociate the naked body from attractiveness by fragmenting it. It has given the series an uncanny feeling. The mirror also represents that the truth is often much different to what we actually perceive. Because it usually reveals, but can also distort and hide the object of perception. The mirror as an element of the composition also directs the attention away from the model towards the surrounding landscape, the context in which the model is situated. It becomes a tool for changing the perspective which leads us back to the theme. There are many photographers and artists that inspire Helin Bereket, but for this particular series, Fragmented, the Chinese photographer Ren Hang who used to work with human bodies inspired her a lot. www.facebook.com/helinstagram