University was a wonderful three years of experimenting with photographic processes and some of my most memorable projects were very hands on, rather than being in front of a computer. I adored the dark room and discovered a side of me that likes cutting things up and crafting, which you will also see in my Eizo Student Award 2019 submission which I was a finalist in.
I also have always been someone who spends time getting to know people and applied that natural instinct to my work. In my second year I embarked on the Patricia project you can see below, which was both extremely emotional and fulfilling.
My London Life
This image was more than a self portrait to me, I used parts of the London A-Z map to capture my ten years living in the capital. The process of exploring the map itself became a journey of reflection and a trip down memory lane.
These photograms were made for Sefton's Council's Year of Friendship 2019, exhibited at the Atkinson Gallery in Southport as well as being printed as postcards for people to send to their friends.
Friends are unique in their qualities and we often like to send flowers or cards. Using the cameraless photogram process in the dark room to create one off unique images to reflect my relationships and create a very personal gift.
During a period of self-reflection, I’ve been using photography to view the world around me and my place in it. This break from a full time corporate existence has allowed me to slow down, reclaim my time and embrace experiences with a little more consideration.
I’m making a photographic document of a woman who recently passed away, Patricia, who I didn’t know. I’ve been put in the fortunate position to have access to her home as it’s being cleared and I’m capturing her things and the settings in which they have lived for years.
Sadly over the last year I have had a few friends whose parents have passed away and naturally, one goes to the funeral to support the friend. In several cases I don’t know the deceased, so I’m not grieving per se, but friends are glad for the moral support. It does make one reflect on one’s own bereavement, my late father, close friends who have passed and makes one philosophical in terms of carpe diem.
At the funeral and wake you learn about the deceased, and I was thinking could I discover more and learn about the person through their now empty home and collection of things.
Contemporary photography captures everyday places and situations and the beauty and stillness they capture makes for interesting images. I’m building on this and embracing the colours in Pat’s house to celebrate the vibrancy of Pat’s life and her personality.
This project is my own personal journey to discover Pat and the experience for me is more than just taking photographs, I will be speaking to Lisa, Pat’s daughter, who I was there to support at the funeral. As part of that I will hopefully see some of her photos of Pat in her house, which I will incorporate in to the final work. This is a visual and audio collection to capture the spirit of Patricia.