Shul - of what was (Work in Progress)

Shul – of what was.
These photographs have been taken to explore my feelings of loss and loneliness after the departure of my father from the family home. They were taken on a headland known as ‘The Ness’ on the south Devon Coast, a place enjoyed by my father and his friends. The headland is common land, and covered with an untamed wood, a carefree and ideal place for boys to play. The Ness overlooks a small, former fishing village that has been home to my father’s family since the 17th century, and where I now live.
My practice is rooted in the relationship between emotion and place, and in particular how images can evoke emotional responses. This practice involves walking in the local environment, yielding a connection to the land as well as my father. The use of medium format film as a practice is instrumental in allowing the process to be methodical, thoughtful and insightful.
Tsongkhapa, a 14th century Tibetan philosopher described ‘the emptiness felt of something that used to be there’ as Shul. Memories are evoked and my sense of connection and disconnection are held in tension. These memories become an odyssey, intersecting past and present, creating a space in which a spirit of reconciliation leads to a redemptive future.

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This work is currently being curated into a book as well as an exhibition.
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