In the series offSET, I use my experience as a still photographer on motion pictures as a starting point, but turn my camera away from the action‚ off set. I am intrigued by where the artifice and illusion of movie making intermingle with the "real." Hunting for images that occupy this space, I slip behind the metaphoric curtain of center stage. I wander along the fringe of the location, studying the spectacle before me, yet looking for things unnoticed by others. In this realm, I have the freedom to capture the unscripted: authentic moments found within the contrived environment of a stage set, images that feature traces of the artifice being created in real-world locations and quirky details normally hidden just out of frame. Re-contexualizing these images, I create my own mysterious slivers of narrative that highlight the overlooked, the unexpected and the poetic. This image, offSET #29, New York, taken entirely out of its original context, implies its own cinematic moment. Yet the details are elusive, suspended between the artificial and the authentic.
Lacey Terrell received her M.F.A. in Photography from California College of the Arts. In addition, she received a B.F.A. in Photography and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She studied under Larry Sultan, J. John Priola, Jim Goldberg, Albert Chong, Anthony Aziz, and Gilles Peress, among others. While in graduate school, Lacey began her project, The Passing Ring, with the Culpepper & Merriweather Great Combined Circus, and this experience was a natural segue to the film business in Los Angeles where she currently makes her living as a Still Photographer. Her experience on sets, in turn, has inspired the offSET series.