This project, entitled Sense of Place, is a thematic one, exploring feelings of isolation, vulnerability, and having a sense of belonging – or lack of. Organised as a set of sixteen images, the photographs alternate sporadically between documents of recent visits home to Surrey and my life as a student in Brighton. The collection is post-produced in black and white, so as to not distract from the fundamental spirit of the images and to lend a sense of timelessness and silence to my photographs; a feeling of suspension in these precious, ordinary moments which I have recently come to appreciate more profoundly. The images are presented in my portfolio in a horizontal manner where each photograph is accompanied by the previous and subsequent, in order to create a holistic – yet slightly disjointed – experience, as opposed to a transitional, structured one. In addition, the locale of each image is different, intending to encompass perspectives of my life and to further instil an immersive understanding in the viewer. Furthermore, the collection is also concerned with appreciating light and darkness, both in practise and metaphorically, which developed unsurprisingly as a result of my own admiration for images which utilise natural light.
Sense of Place has been a journey of self-reflection, exploring my introvertedness and learning to accept that, firstly, it’s perfectly OK to be creative, and secondly, that one should embrace such a longing for expression through art. Although extremely difficult at times and feeling in a position of discomfort at the amount of exposure I allowed the camera, I have learnt to be critical without taking everything to heart. Following a session with my tutor where she vigorously cut two of my favourite photos from the collection, I thought I’d cry at the critique. I replied, simply;
‘That’s what Flickr’s for!’
and proceeded with my day. This project has reminded me to laugh at myself, to be OK with other people’s opinions but to not have to take it as gospel, and, ultimately, has helped me to explore my home and my relationships with those, my own sense of place.