«Loss is the heart of my work; specifically the transience of childhood and how memories of that short period shape the rest of our lives. When my son was born, I felt driven to document and preserve his life in photographs but gradually realised he was more a mirror than a subject and I was actually restaging episodes and conjuring feelings from my own childhood rather than immortalising him as I’d intended. And maybe all photography works with way. Perhaps we are sutured into every snapshot we take and every picture is a self-portrait in disguise and even within the ‘happiest’ moments lurks a subtext of void and artifice.
The photographs themselves incorporate a unique non-digital process which combines traditional film photography with cinematography, the intention being to give these ‘still’ pictures a vaguely narrative quality that I hope speaks about love, loss and memory. In Portuguese, the word is ‘saudade’– a love steeped in sadness, ‘to feel what no longer exists’. By definition, that is what photography does–to stop time, fend off oblivion, allow us to feel what no longer exists– to remind us of what we have lost or have never had.»
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