Editing old photographs from the Under Your Roof series. At the time when I took these photographs I did not like them (originally made for a stop motion video) so they weren’t edited. Two years later, here I am experimenting and enjoying editing them.
In this ongoing series called Deluge I explore the mental, physical and emotional responses to being overwhelmed. Approaching this subject as a universal state through near literal interpretations, a single figure is subjected to the suffocating consequences of drowning, being buried alive and set on fire. Through underwater photography and digital manipulation, each act represents a psychological state connected with being overwhelmed. In portraying the metaphysical through extreme circumstances, I can emphasise the depth of an emotion which affects us all. In addition to this, the series Deluge challenges the notion of time. As we are experiencing a feeling of distress, time stands still and 1 minute may not seem like the usual 60seconds. This set of images illustrate time slowing down as we travel through heavy affliction.
The photograph Drowning won third place in the Eaton Portrait Prize 2018 - Cambridge School of Art | Cambridge UK.
The series Deluge took part in the Cambridge School of Art degree Show 2018 / Cambridge, as well as the Free Range Show 2018 at The Old Truman Brewery / Brick Lane, London.
Last year, for a presentation, we were given a photographer to study and produce photographs in a similar style to them. The photographer I was given was Martin Parr. To me Martin's Parr photographs are not beautiful but honest and relevant. By photographing spanish tourists in a french ski station, I tried to reproduce how Martin Parr captures the English working class in a rather grotesque, unusual and critical way.
I felt that the environment of a ski resort was ideal to capture images that exhibit the characteristics in his work, garish, candid, real. There was a paradox between the feelings I have about his work and the feelings I have about the subject matter of the photographs I took, namely the frequency of Coca Cola advertising, the Spanish Children and the indulgent nature of skiing. Thus making the photographs even more relevant.
Later on in May I met Martin Parr at the Photo London Show and asked him his thoughts about the photographs. He was complimentary about the work, saying it definitely captured his style. However, he also provided me with some useful, constructive criticism. If I had used more flash it would have emulated his style even more effectively.
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A few weekends ago, I went out to take some b&w shots of the beautiful seaside in Southwold, with a Mamiya RZ67 Medium Format camera. Luckily it was not a rainy day but a long exposure was definitely not a possibility, the wind did not allow it! It has been such a great experience to go out there with an analogue camera looking at the town in a completely different way than I used to see it in the past as a tourist. Dealing with the weather, light, and composition on location taught me a lot, nothing better than learning in such a lovely place!
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