The Domestic Aviary
Confinement or Sanctuary? Both words could be used to describe the condition of the birds in this project. A metaphor for the idea that we as people can fly as far as we want to but are confined or constrained by our own lives and commitments.These interiors, coupled with pet birds either flying free or becoming an ornamental part of the room, give a powerful reference to our conscious understanding of freedom and its limits and possibilities.
The photographs draw upon a custom that has developed in the best interest of the birds. Born tame, they can no longer survive in the wild. The bird owners become protectors -whilst the birds themselves become members of the family; nurtured, cared for and -for a brief moment -freed from their cages and allowed to fly freely within the confinement of the home.
“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”
A little something...
a little something for OFFPRINT London (RCA Table)
A Kite in their Kinds
Is Love Really Like A Taylor Swift Song?
Love is a complex and dynamic part of life. Falling in Love is an experience that people cherish and celebrate. It is one we (particularly girls) dream about.
The girls in these photographs have never been in Love yet they are as invested in the idea of love as a bride on her wedding day.
There are 100's of songs written by artists about how amazing love is and how the songwriter experienced it.
In these portraits the girls are singing songs which they have chosen because they feel they have given them an insight into the experience. Their facial expressions and body language demonstrate how 'lost in the moment' they are.
The Art of Letting Go
This project is all about the performance.
The act of dancing was a symbolic movement in the effort to remove preconceived ideas that can often hold us back.
To dance spontaneously was to participate in an action that was so caught up in the moment, everything else ceased to exist.
The locations were planned with an emphasis of familiarity, which created a sense of comfort so they didn’t feel as daunting.
The concept faces ideas of Identity, Freedom and Growing Up.
This piece of work is about finding a Safe Place
A place that is restful, where we are able to retreat to, a place to rejuvenate and that gives the strength to face the day.
The locations that have been chosen are a selection of my own ideas and of other people I have talked to. They are largely based on places of safety from childhood memories or a place that has been found to bring a moment of peace or clarity.
I found it to be a search for a 'magic quick fix' one that didn't sustain.
'True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.'