This body of work was made in the weeks that followed the devastation of the floods in my home town, Hebden Bridge, at the start of 2016. To me, the debris and detritus that was left behind in the branches on the riverbank looked like sculptures that the water had made and it was interesting to see how these changed as sections perished and rotted away over time. I have also included some of the other images that I came across along the way.
'Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find the strength in what remains behind; In the primal sympathy which having been must ever be...'
- William Wordsworth
A Voyer's Adventures In Time Travel.
For one of my jobs, while in Brighton, I worked part-time as home help for the elderly. This meant that I had a list of clients, who I visited and helped around the house with various tasks. Shortly after I began this work, it suddenly struck me how fascinating a lot of their houses were and, being interested in interior space and decoration anyway, I decided to start documenting them.
Most of my clients had lived in these places for an average of thirty to forty years, so as a result, they are filled with collections of objects and relics from the past and interior decoration that, in some cases, hasn't changed since the seventies.
I wanted to shoot the rooms and artifacts as a homage to these secret 'time capsules' and past lives. I love the way that the objects speak about the owners lives and how the interior, colour and general feel of the space is so personal. This feels like something precious that should be preserved, which is what I'm trying to achieve with this project.
I'm using a Dianna F+ Camera, as I wanted the aged effects that kind of camera brings to couple with the aesthetics of the images. As with most lomography Cameras it has many faults: it lets in too much light, fogging the film sporadically, the view finder is placed quite far from the lens, making it difficult to frame accurately and to make matters worse, I use a 120 film on a setting that has only twelve shots per film (which always makes the wait at the developers a very nerve-wracking experience!). Yet despite all this, I love it and, as a result, it is fast becoming a famed creator of 'the happy accident'. I love you Di x
Where The Wild Things Are.
This is a project that I did while I was at Uni. I really wanted to experiment with props and costume. It was shot with a digital SLR and a Medium Format camera. I enjoyed the projects where I used photography the most, especially when I got to combine other creative skills, like making the masks and considering the costumes.