The yellow rainflower is symbolic of friendship. This is a dominant theme that is explored within this body of work, as I remember and examine my own relationship with my best friend and the letters she wrote to me when we were both in primary school.
Rainflower emerges from the idealistic view that childhood is perfect, as I explore themes of escapism, nostalgia and the deep bond that has grown through difficult times and separation.
"When me and my best friend Olivia were in primary school we made this map to document the imaginary world we made up, as it was a form of escapism from our class mates who were unkind to us and often left us feeling segregated. Everyday, we would go on a new adventure and make up stories. At the time we also had the same dream to become authors one day, so we often found ourselves writing stories and letters to each other constantly. Time moved on and we stopped writing the letters when we both ended up going to different high schools, but I always kept the letters as a reminder of what was and me and Olivia’s bond only grew stronger over time".
Could you tell us a little about yourself as a photographer?
My name is Mia Thompson and I’m currently a second year student doing BA Photography at Bath Spa University. I’m very interested in self portraiture, as well as constructing psychological and sociological narratives. The work I have been producing this year – in two parallel series Growing. Going. Gone. and Rainflower – has focused on exploring different aspects of my life such as relationships with my family and friends and bringing to light realities that we often don’t want to accept or don’t even realise exist. I generally draw inspiration from my life around me and things I have observed that I have found to be intriguing or insightful. Alongside my documentary projects, I also have a passion for portraiture, fine art and fashion.
Are you working on any projects at the moment?
Yes, recently I have been focusing on two projects, one is called ‘Just An After Thought’, which deals with themes of memory and grief. My second project I refer to as ‘Home Land’ (name not confirmed yet) and this is a project I’m hoping to do over a year or so that documents the land and farming community surrounding my home.
That's great, we look forward to seeing the completed projects! Could you tell us a little about some of the equipment that you use for your photography?
I generally shoot with my Nikon D800 with a 50mm 1.8 lens, but sometimes I use my 50mm 1.4 lens if I really want my photos to have a shallow depth of field. Recently, I have been experimenting with film photography and my project ‘Just An After Thought’ is all shot using a Mamiya 645, which I’m really enjoying using at the moment so I might start shooting film more.