Work in progress
I make photographs rather than take them. Throughout my career I have been drawn to photographing still lifes. It is a genre which I can stretch beyond its traditional limits to a space where it is possible to make visual the ideas I have in my mind.
My latest series (working title, Political Still Lifes) presents pleasing arrangements of beautiful objects set against backgrounds of provocative and/or disturbing images, sourced from my daily electronic newsfeed. I want people to look at these large scale colour photographs and realize how lucky and privileged they are, and never ignore what is happening in the background. In the midst of the cacophony, the almost overwhelming swell of negative information, I am highlighting specific horrors so as not to allow them to be forgotten as they’re replaced by more unsettling images in the unending ‘disposable information’ that we experience, yet ignore, everyday.