‘A New Dawn’ is an explorative revisit back into the area where I grew up. As I am turning 21 and finishing my degree in university, I was experiencing many moments where I found myself longing for my childhood. Often, the reminiscence of the landscape, the woods and the people from back home, were continuously on my mind. During my time away from there, my family, friends and I wasn’t noticing the changes that we had been through.
However, with my first visit back home, it quickly came to me how much everything had changed. We had both matured and altered at the same time. ‘A New Dawn’, is a walk through the mind of my nostalgia, the unexplainable feeling of returning and recollection of a past time.
The last few months of being at University I got incredibly interested in the psychological effects of the reminiscence of one’s childhood. This was mainly due to the sudden realisation of my becoming age and the change I was about to experience. I consider this age to be a significant turning point – turning from boy to a man, from an adolescent to an adult. As I find myself in the middle of this change, my childhood memories are becoming less and less lucid and with no tendencies of becoming any clearer.
I yearn to remember the visions of my memories. ‘A New Dawn’ is the result of the unexplainable pursuit to understand the nostalgia I am experiencing.
The caught kite was an image in-which I came across while walking towards another image I had spotted just a few days before. It was getting quite dark and the field in which, where this photograph was taken, was very bland with dried out long grass which edged alongside the entrance to the common woods.
This barren field is used every year as a bonfire site for Guy Fawkes night which as a child, I would attend with family and friends. Furthermore, most of the year, a scorched black area of grass is all that resembles this event and place. I could never find a composition which I was happy with which contained both the damaged black grass and the healthy woodland surrounding it. But on the final day of re-exploring this place, my attention was suddenly drawn to this luminous object up in one of the bushes. The closer I got to the bush, it became apparent that a kite had been caught up in the bush and then after some effort, had been abandoned by its owner by the feat of the task.
This image is important to me because resembles two major memories of home and this place. The first being that in the area where I live, the bird of prey, Red kites, are a very common sight as they were re-released back into the UK in the next village to where I live. In the summer you would (and still do) see them in the tops of the trees and they would be set ablaze by the summer sunlight as their feathers resemble the colours of autumn. And lastly the recollection of myself, as a kid getting this fire patterned kit stuck in a tree, and after much of a struggle, wishing it to, would fall back down, which incidentally, it did.
Behind the scenes of 'A New Dawn'
Driven by own uncontrollable curiosity, my work focuses on people and place. Concentrating on the theme of ‘Community’, I immerse myself into the subject, aiming to achieve authenticity. I try to build a calm relationship with my subject matter, to create authentic, tangible and emotion rich portraits and images which are a true representation of themselves. With the use of my practise, I explore ideas and concepts I consider myself knowledgeable and a part of. Such work is my project ‘SkateShop’ (2018), which explores the diversity of a world-wide sub-culture. However, I do also find myself engaging in communities I don’t understand.
Photographing is a way for me to satisfy and fulfil my curiosities. An example of this would be my project and publication ‘Stella Maris’ (2017), which explores a deeper understatement into religion and it’s communities.
I have also recently just finished my degree in a BA (Hons) in Photography at Solent University in Southampton and currently pursuing my career within the Industry and continuing with personal work/portfolio expansion for the future.
“[Photography is] very related to poetry. It’s suggestive and fragmentary and unsatisfying in a lot of ways. It’s as much about what you leave out as what you put in” – Alec Soth