The photographic image can be a compelling instrument in the domain of visual communication. Equally, the photographic process can be an evocative medium in relation to therapeutic healing. In the body of work I’ve produced titled, “A Sense of Loss”, I’ve used these two thoughts to produce a portfolio of work that not only communicates where I’ve come from but that also liberates me from the ideological chains that held me back.
As I think back over the living years with my father, I struggle to remember more than a handful of positive or happy memories. My portfolio consists of a series of negative memories from my past using representational photography which has been produced in a conceptual genre. Through the creative process of investigation, photographic analysis and production, the work leads the viewer through the artist’s former negative self.
The final photograph of the series is a tableau of positive thought of the previous collected memories but without the negative expression, allowing the artist to progress in a positive frame of mind, free from the shackles of the past.