Sorry it’s been so long between posts. The final year of my degree has kept me very busy and I’ve had little time for blogging pursuits. I just wanted to let you know what I’ve been working on. I need to shoot a series of images for assessment and to exhibit by the end of October. I am currently documenting the life of a person close to me who has very little time left…I began this series by photographing his home and belongings as a way of documenting the person without photographing him personally. I see it as a documented biography shown through the comfort of home.
These images are only a starting point for further exploration. I hope to further delve into his past and uncover what he believes have been the standout experiences of his long life. Although I have been currently shooting digitally, I hope to produce the final selection of images using monochrome film.
excerpt from artists statement:
Gaston Bachelard discusses the virtue of the shelter in his book ‘The Poetics of Space’ and it’s this philosophy that has been adapted for this series of images, based around the home of a dear family friend. Childhood memories of visiting this place as a child are vivid. It’s only returning as an adult that many of the objects that were naively dismissed in the past are revealed to have intimate stories behind them. A well-worn chair, a painting of a raging sea or a well trodden garden path come together to form a narrative of both the house and its occupant.
But what becomes of this place once the owner has left? If a person knows that they have little time left on this earth, what becomes of the objects left behind? What began as a series about childhood memory and space resulted in a documentary about home and the objects within. The images become a preservation of the now, the capture of the still-life behind a beating heart. Once this heart stops, only the images left behind will remind us of what there once was.
I was also lucky enough to have one of these images selected to exhibit in a group show during SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival during August. I hope to post more of my images as the series progresses.
All images by Kylie Macey.