I am interested in the relationship between memory and photography. My work revolves around a family house which has been shared through twelve generations and is now in decay. I am interested in exploring the idiosyncrasies of memory through photography in order to keep a true record of this house I grew up in and feel deeply attached to and as a means to overcome the alleged disjuncture between actual experience and photographic representation.

Photography has always been inextricably linked to remembrance, from the daguerrotypes of the 1840s to the camera phone snapshots we take today; our pictures recall family members, friends, trips and all kinds of other special moments we want to hold on to. The belief our photographs hold our memories is contestable, however, and I am interested in the theory that the image of the photograph can take the place of the memory, concealing it and replacing the original impression left by the experience. Notable critics have supported this presumption, arguing photography captures too much information to function as memory. Roland Barthes, following Proust in 'Remembrance of Things Past', states a still image cannot tap into a past experience the same way a smell or sound might, claiming memory is not so much image as sensation.

I am working on countering the presumed capacity of the photograph to steal the place of the original experience by creating images which trigger genuine recollections, activating the Involuntary Memory. Working frontally with a large format camera, making photograms directly in the darkroom, and painting with light during hour-long exposures, I seek to evoke a sense of presence and musicality in my work, aiming for the visual equivalent of smell and taste, creating images you can feel as well as see.

WORKS

A THEATRE OF MEMORIES [Work in progress]
A compilation of familiar spaces and intimate belongings, found in the house, which have been shared through generations. My intention with the work is to overcome the disjuncture between actual experience and photographic representation through strongly perceptual images which elicit a visceral response.

A PERVADING ABSENCE
[2019]



An interrogation on space and the void, physical and psychological, drawing from the experience of alienation and emotional disconnect.





LIGHTSCAPES
[2019]

Walking the same ground twelve generations have walked before me, I am using long exposure photography and light painting to conjure a material perception of the immaterial, reactivating the space and suggesting a spiritual dimension, tapping into the history, memory and energy of the house.