As Bleach White As The Bedsheets (series)

The title is taken from the Los Campersinos! song ”Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; or, Letters from Me to Charlotte”

Her body barely visible, as bleach white as the bedsheets. 

As stiff as starched, only perceptible as her middle was still branded 

With a heat rash, in the perfect shape of the Show Me State.”


The subject matter is passive behaviour. I refer once again to the Wittgenstein quote:

“What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.”

When faced with a situation beyond our control we can often react passively, we do not always speak out, and so remain out of control.

By suggesting the girl ia merely a part of the bed, barely standing out from the sheets and pillow which surround her, she is blended with an inanimate object; she is something immobilized and silent.

I wanted to create the effect of a black and white photograph, but without simply muting the colour on photoshop. I achieved this by painting my face with white face paint, which stands out in great contrast from my dyed black hair. None of the photos in the series have their colour saturation removed, and all are taken by myself using a self timer.