i went through an unpleasant and life-changing experience. long after other more important things, it inspired thought about the way we use social media and online communication platforms. as a result of the experience there were many friends who i didn't speak to for a period of many months, because being sociable was difficult. we stayed in touch but only through texts, emails etc.
i started meeting up with all of the friends i had neglected, and whenever i did i took a camera. we'd hang out and, in an unstructured way, talk about the big things that had happened in our lives during that period which are just never appropriate for facebook or instagram. at some point i'd take a photo whilst the friend was on their phone. the daylight-balanced glow would create an eerie effect in the low light, suggesting two realms in which the subject exists - the physical one we were both in, and the one in which we had communicated for months. i liked the stark white, which highlights but is also unsettling and changes the nature of everything it touches, like the experience i had. i used film which had been manufactured the last time i'd seen those friends, but which is no longer made.
i exhibited the work alongside a good friend, heidi allen, whose work touches upon similar themes.
exhibited: gallery 48, brixton (london, england) - december 2016