“Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described - and will be, after our deaths - by each of the family members who believe they know us.” - Gloria Steinem
Nice to meet you is a project using found photography that is based on two of my family trees. Taking inspiration from John Baldessari, Alexander Bassano and Clarissa Slight, the work looks at my personal connection to six of my closest relatives on my fathers side and also has influences of coding.
A portrait of home
“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” - Maya Angelou
A portrait of home is a project consisting of six individual portraits, overlaid with a section of map showing each persons hometown. The project takes inspiration from my personal experience with stereotyping and how different location stereotypes can even act as a mask, hiding what a person is actually like.
3,500 miles away
“So this is America. They must be out of their minds.” - Ringo Starr
3,500 miles away is a project looking at my time in the USA in summer 2015. It concentrates on some of the things that I found weird or different to my life back home in England and attempts to show them in a different light to how they commonly seen in the media.
A rainbow of vision
“An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... the truly wise person is colourblind.” - Albert Schweitzer
A rainbow of vision is a project investigating the differences between those with normal vision and those with different variations of colour blindness. An online colour blindness simulator called ‘Coblis’ (Colblindor) was used to transform each photograph into the colours that someone with colour blindness would see and these were then paired with the originals to produce the final images.
“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day.” - Vincent Van Gogh
Day/Night is a project showing the difference between various landscapes during the day and then at night. The pairs aim to show the comparisons between day and night lighting, as well as how the atmosphere at mood changes once the sun goes down.
The place I call home
“It’s my hometown, but it’s also a great town. There’s a lot of stories here when you peel back the layers.” - Joel Vetsch
The place I call home is a project based entirely in my hometown of Bath, England. It looks at the variations in the architecture around the historic city and also shows how all of the different styles and materials can be combined to produce one cohesive and beautiful city.
It's a small world
“A person's a person, no matter how small.” - Dr. Seuss
It’s a small world is a project using mini figures overlaid on top of common city scene backgrounds. It aims to represent just how small us humans actually are in the world compared with how important and big we think we are.
Window to the soul
“I wish some people could actually see their personality when they look in the mirror” - Anonymous
These photographs are part of a project looking at reflections of peoples personalities. The work is based on a similar idea to the novel ‘A Picture of Dorian Gray’ where one of the main features of the book is the painting that Gray had created of himself. After he sells his soul, the painting would change in response to his thoughts and actions throughout his life, reflecting his personality, whilst his body stayed the same as the day that the painting was created.
As many people believe that the eye is the window to a persons soul, as well as their emotions, these were the main feature of my concentration when both photographing and editing these images. They are portals to the inner most aspects of our personality and character traits and if you look into another persons eyes you can usually tell what emotion they are feeling.
The idea of different colours representing each of these different emotions and personality traits has been used to show that these emotions can not always be seen anywhere on a person other than in their eyes. The fading and desaturation of some of the images are also used to represent the difference between what can be seen of a person on the outside and what their personality is really like on the inside.
Fruits of nature
“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.” - Brian O’Driscoll
Fruits of nature is a project looking at various different fruits in extreme close up. It aims to show the natural beauty of each of the food items and also show the details that are otherwise missed in day to day life.