In this photograph Pryde references the history of darkroom experimentation as well as contemporary medical imaging techniques. She layers low-resolution MRI scans of a human fetus over a photograph of a desert landscape shot through a tinted filter. This work prompts questions about the reproduction of images and the impact visual materials have on political debates surrounding the concept of personhood and a woman’s right to choose. “These days it’s really normal to meet somebody, and he or she will show you an ultrasound scan of their child,” Pryde says. “I was . . . interested in investigating . . . how what we see might influence what we think.”
Gallery label from 2022
In her series It’s Not My Body, Pryde makes reference to the history of darkroom experimentation and contemporary medical–imaging techniques. She superimposes low–resolution MRI scans of a human embryo in its mother against desert landscapes shot through tinted filters, engaging questions about the reproduction of images and the impact visuals have on political debates surrounding “personhood” and a woman’s right to choose.
Gallery label from New Photography 2013, September 14, 2013–January 6, 2014