I have always been fascinated most by documentary photography. I am most comfortable with documentary photography possibly because it is closer to the definition of photography that I am used to; one that looks towards the referential, indexical nature of the medium.
More recently, however, I have found myself dissatisfied with the nature of traditional documentary storytelling. Indeed, how can documentary photography be stretched further than being in the right place at the right time, finding a subject that has not yet been covered, or in having an eye for a compelling composition?
This image is a part of my ongoing MA project, Careful (working title), which I am currently sequencing into a book. The project aims to try and explore ideas of self-expression within the genre of documentary or unstaged photography and thereby challenge notions of photographic truth and neutrality, whilst still holding on to the indexical nature of the medium.
Unplanned and unstaged, the photographs are representations of people and things both unknown and familiar. They are ostensibly unrelated, taken in a variety of locations over a period of time stretching over two years.
Through their contextualisation within a larger narrative, however, the images begin to take on different identities and further layers of meaning and, hopefully, evoke a mood or set of emotional responses - telling a story - but one that might only ever exist in imagination, in the subconscious, or in the memories it pricks from the subjective life experiences of artist and viewer.
born: 1982, London, England
Middlesex University, Photography BA (hons), 2012
Fotografia Magazine, August 2014
Lenscratch Magazine, June 2014
Photoworks, June 2014
F-Stop Magazine, June 2013
selected group shows
Panoptic, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, England, 2014
Of The Afternoon, Vyner St Gallery, London, England, 2014
Environmental Photographer of the Year, Royal Geographical Society, London, England, 2013
Portrait Salon, White Cloth Gallery, Leeds, England, 2012