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My work is an exploration through the medium of photography where I try to find beauty in the everyday and in the lost and forgotten. So many treasured items are lost such as books and letters I try to bring these lost and forgotten objects back to life by looking at them from an alternative angle creating new objects from the abstract forms.
My work ‘Traces’ meaning the sign, mark or remnant that someone has left behind are still life photographs of old letters and books collected from house clearances to explore the ideas of the lost and the forgotten, what a stranger leaves behind, traces of time, memory, and presence. These letters and books are objects that are familiar and recognisable to us all and allow us to use our own memories and our own identity to relate to the work. The once private objects have now been made public, the only reason for this is the death of the owners, and they have now become a memorial and shrine to the lost and forgotten, it is the traces we all leave behind.
‘Archived Miscellanea’ is an ongoing series of obsolete items that no longer have a use; they have been throw away and discarded. These items have been collected and categorised, and these once useful items have been given the importance and significance of something museum worthy. This series is a record of useless items, based on traditional factual photography as a way of recording and archiving my findings and discoveries, I collect items which I find visually intriguing, examining manmade items.
‘Posted’ leads on from my previous series ‘Traces’ following themes similar themes. These wartime love letters are retracing the life and love of Maude and Frank. The letters are all written by Frank whilst he was ‘Posted’ at different places all over England during the war. These large format images depicting oversized letters have carefully had individual lines selected to narrate short passages and inform us of the life and love between this couple. Their secret, private correspondence becomes public, revealing their strong intimacy and the distance between them. These personal letters are like a visual poem, the scrawl of the handwriting, dusty smell, texture, old stamps are like a biography of someone’s life, some more warn than others, have been read and re-read.
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