In my photographic project, Figures and Incidents (2016 – present), I explore the cinematic formula and the manipulative techniques of perhaps one of the least respected film genres: the slasher film. By using the visual language of slasher movies combined with vivid colors, strong contrasts and often feeble light, I aim at creating a haunting space marked with tension and uncertainty.
In the series, each photo paints its own tale yet when assembled, weaves the narrative of a slasher story. Not having a clear image of what is going on, what happened, or what happens next defines this project, Furthermore, the photos also convey the loneliness, vulnerability and mortality of human beings.
Collectively, the images are staged, inspired by the horror classics of the eighties as well as my nightmares. In putting together Figures and Incidents, I was fascinated by the elements of suspense and mystery, which allowed me to establish an aesthetic that’s fresh yet reminiscent of renowned slasher films.
Elvira Kolerova is a Russian-born photographer who currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She holds a master’s degree in American Studies from the Humboldt University of Berlin and is studying fine art photography.