The following are a series of photographs illustrating; fleeting moments, contemplating life, watching the world go bye, conversations, experiencing something new, being familiar with the everyday. It is a window into my past 48hrs. Life in Swansea, Wales. A visual diary.
What we see as familiar in our own lives is often alien to others. With photography we often take for granted what it means to record the world around, as obvious and seen before. But is it really? Look with a fresh eyes, see the unseen.
When I am teaching my photography students I always encourage them to connect to the landscape, look beyond the expectation of creating picture perfect postcard photographs because there is always enough of them to go around.
These photographs were taken along a canal where I live in the Welsh Valley of Wales. My family and I love to stand next to the river and through various shape and sized stones into the river (the Simplest pleasures of life).
I have digitally manipulated each photograph not to make the idealistic image but to unveil the lines, layers invisible to the naked eye. I feel like I’m uncovering the soul, history, whats been before of the land.
Just printed these photographs taken on 35mm photographic film when I graduated from Art School in 2003, featuring my much loved dog ‘Dewi’ who has sadly past away.
The photographs were taken looking over Caswell Bay, Swansea in Wales. A very unusual sight being the snow covered beach and cliff.
‘Dewi’ can also be seen photographed in ‘Nurtured in Concrete form’ collection, which was the first of my projects that I started as a fully formed graduate!
I am a visual artist
I am a female artist
I am a Welsh artist
I am contemporary artist
I am a photographic artist
I am a British artist
I am an emerging artist
I am an old artist
I am a middle aged artist
I am a professional artist
I am an artist
I am a male artist
I am a full emerged artist
I am a…………………………….?
Looking backwards into next year…..I will be revisiting a subject that I started producing work for in 2002…..Now 2017 I am understanding where I was coming from.
I am often wondering why I am producing a certain piece of work at the time. But have made it one of my rules not to over think what it is I am making because I will often stop the manifestation of creativity in its tracks.
My sister once asked me to produce a painting which would go with the colour of curtains and cushions, I explained that I couldn’t do that because that’s not how I produce work. And she just laughed! (I thought to myself if I could create work that complimented peoples interiors I would be a rich artist by now!
I have started to exhibit again but it has come at a time when I have a body of work that I been working on for the last three years in isolation. When I say this I mean only my family and close friends have seen my paintings. Often when people visit me they see my paintings on display their comments or glances are very rewarding and I feel they’ve really helped in the development of my work.
To be honest I stopped showing my work back in 2014 due to the fact of not knowing why I wanted to place something so intimate to me in view of the public and be open to judgement and comment.
In conversation with a fellow friend and talented artist we spoke about the importance of allowing our vulnerable side to be shown through our art practice by placing our work out there in the public realm. It helps us to grow and understand other perceptions of our work through the eyes of others experiences and interpretations and readings of your art work.
‘There is only one way to avoid criticism; do nothing, say nothing and be nothing’.