Untitled Melancholia | Self-Portraits of Noell Oszvald

© Noell Oszvald

Noell Oszvald is a young Hungarian visual artist that has created a fantastic series of tranquil and somewhat surrealist self-portraits. She captures minimalist backgrounds while rarely facing the camera, instead her focus is to portray emotion in each of her shots. The best part for me is the subtle alignment she achieves across different planes and depths in the image.

© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald

“I’m a perfectionist and I believe it shows in my obsession with lines.”

© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald

None of Noell’s images are captioned and some remain untitled, as she wants the viewer to decide what they are looking at and what they are feeling. Personally, I find myself rummaging through a myriad of existential thoughts on the assumptions of my upbringing; with the dark and empty guidance of Jean-Paul Sartre, the nothingness of – …see, there I go again…..

© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald

“Most of them are composites that only give the illusion of being photographs”

© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald

She always appears to be dead still, with her neck slightly cranked or her shoulder leaning in a certain direction, either to emphasize a horizon or to pick up a strong plane in the context.

© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald

“I find the minimalist approach challenging, but I reduce my pictures to content, composition, and form”

© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald

The composition of the human body is clearly the significant factor in these images. She seems to make her body a part of the frame as opposed to framing it; working heavily with line, space and light. This is what first jumped out at me; there was something about these images that bedeviled me at first sight.

© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald

Quite frankly, some of the shots remind me of Persona, Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 classic and one of my personal favourite films. Alma could easily be the character in some of these images. That in itself is an amazing feat of photography.

© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald
© Noell Oszvald

I think she should try her hand at filmmaking.