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Documentary 'Facts'?

About 'Lost Reflections'

Losing things is about the familiar falling away. Getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing.

Rebecca Solnit ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’ 2005

'This question of whether something is fact or fiction
is a reduction of the bookends with which we live our lives'

(Walid Raad 106 Infinity Award)

'Lost Reflections' is a body of creative visual work that explores interlinkages and overlaps between the 'bookends' of my personal responses to places and events and a more political ‘voice’ and activist approach to social and environmental documentary. Focusing on particular places and times, the projects explore the multiple layers and perspectives of subjective experience  and the creative process of selection and framing  particular aspects of  reality from the continual flow and combination of realities  seen, heard, read and researched.  

Bridge Edgelands is a body of photography-based work about the 'Under World' of the A14 road bridge over the river Cam in Cambridge. It brings together colour and monochrome documentary-style images of human interactions with the built environment and my own framed slices of reflected graffiti to pose questions about beauty and destruction of social edgelands. 

Aldeburgh Diaries is a photography-based project exploring different documentary approaches to events and locations in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Shutterscapes II: Carnival Days consists of photo reportage series from Aldeburgh Carnival 2017 (Suffolk)  - processed and framed to present a sometimes humorous and nostalgic look back at a time of freedom before 'carnival was cancelled'. Reflections in Grey is a  photobook of reflections and readings from 'a journey around my room' in a holiday cottage in Aldeburgh during the second Covid-19 Lockdown in December 2020. In a claustrophobic small square format it juxtaposes images of the rooms with 'slices of textured light', texts I was reading and newspaper clippings as an internal narrative about coping with Lockdown and also increasing external urgency of pollution and climate change.

A Week in Teetotal Street is a collage of work from a stay in a holiday cottage in St Ives, Cornwall just before Brexit and the 2019 election. The final book juxtaposes personal 'stream of consciousness' photographic and sketchbook reflections with snippets of found text and local news about events and tourism. It is informed by other contextual photograph series, interviews with local people and library and on-line research. It presents a very personal response to my feelings of claustrophobia and helplessness at the time and doubts and dilemmas of trying to be a ‘responsible tourist’ amid all the social and environmental conflicts in St Ives.

Reflections from the Mountains of Heaven is a  body of documentary and creative photographic work from a 6 day stay in Baizakh village in the T'ien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan. It is part of a series of ongoing projects about  'Journeys as Beginnings'  from my work-based travel in Africa and Asia  developing photobooks and interactive experiences with input from local and global audiences in Kyrgyzstan and UK. 

Garden of Mindfulness is the start of a very personal ongoing body of  work exploring the process of 'conscious creativity' as a means of slowing my life down in a safe reflective space. Experimental sketches, printmaking and moving image work juxtapose my attempts at mindfulness  with dilemmas of managing our often cruel wildlife garden.

Reflecting on creative  interlinkages and overlaps between multi-layered internal and external 'realities'  is my way of clarifying questions and ways of living in a beautiful but confusing and often distressing world. And inviting the viewer to do the same. It is also my way of becoming more aware of  inevitably subjective perspectives on 'reality', discovering new ways of seeing things and expressing emotions so they free me to act.

Personal 'Fictions'?

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