Photographing, for me, is a means of giving expression to both the internal and external processes that shape our experience of life. My work considers transitional human states and is tied to concepts of identity and belonging. These images are from a series about my parents, focussing on my elderly father's mortality, and stemming from a desire to address the inevitable changes wrought by his approaching death.
I am witnessing human fragility, the physical and psychological boundaries of a human essence. I am interested in the indefinable thresholds that mark out our individual existence, and in the subtle process of erasure that returns us to the state from which we emerge.
While the work is about my family, it is also a means to contemplate the nature of life and the invisible bonds of love. It engages with the constantly shifting nature of time, and the potential of photographs to open up the realm of experience via their poetic as well as indexical reality. In making work about a personal experience of mortality, I am exploring the cyclical scope of existence that sees nature's fingers unpick our fragile yet insistent efforts to build, construct and create.
born: 1978, London, United Kingdom
London College of Communications, MA Photography, 2006
University College London, BA French and Italian, 2001
Magenta Flash Forward Award, Canada, 2012
Renaissance Photography Prize, UK, 2012
Fundacion Botin Residency Award, Spain, 2011
Daylight Awards, USA, 2011
Still Here, Artist's Monograph, Published by Hatje Cantz, 2013
Portfolio Showcase Volume 6, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins USA, 2013
'Flesh and Blood', interview with Christiane Monarchi, Photomonitor, 2012
Pavilion Commissions Catalogue, essay by Dr Catherine Grant, p. 12-20, 2007
selected solo or two-person exhibits
Still Here, Felix Nussbaum Museum, Osnabrück, Germany, 2013
All Flesh Is, Broadbent Gallery, London, UK, 2011
And The Word Was God, Lianzhou International Photography Festival, China, 2008
And The Word Was God, Pavilion Gallery, Leeds, UK, 2008
selected group shows
Portfolio Showcase Volume 6, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, 2013
Royal Photographic Society 156th International Print Exhibition, London, UK, 2013
Transience, Galerie Huit, Arles, France, 2011
Family Archives: Lost and Found, curated by Val Williams, Skolska 28 Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, 2008