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Sofas, Birds and Knees – photographs rendered in Play-Doh by Eleanor Macnair

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The project Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh, by Eleanor Macnair, started on a whim in August 2013 following a photo quiz in a pub in Brighton, UK. One of the rounds was to make a reproduction of a famous photograph using Play-Doh. Sofas, Birds and Knees is her last series.  Sofas, Birds and Knees is my strange journey through photographic history. I gather image files from the internet like a Magpie, hoarding them to recreate in play-doh at a future date. Since I began Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh I have found myself attracted to photographs containing certain objects, animals or body parts and patterns have emerged. I wished to explore this further and the idea for Sofas, Birds and Knees evolved. The photographs are grouped not by genre nor maker nor time-period, but by common and recurring themes. It is perhaps, I realised later, a poor man’s version of Geoff Dyer’s The Ongoing Moment – in play-doh. I am drawn to photographs with subjects sitting on sofas as these tend to fall into two categories. These sofa pictures either show intimate...

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