When I began my course at Photography Studies College in 2011 I assumed that of the three specialty streams the school offered in final year, I would choose Photo Journalism. I had always been drawn to the idea of capturing the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary images.
When the time came though, I chose Art. By then I had come to realise that all genres of photography had at their heart the same purpose: to communicate. What to say and how to say it is where the fun comes in and I wanted to move beyond the parameters that photo journalism imposes.
What makes photography particularly fascinating for me, is that it began as a medium for communicating reality or “truth” telling, but has matured into one with as much possibility and ambiguity as any other art form. These two opposing aspects of it’s nature co-exist: photographs are still seen as accurate documents of reality but, at the same time, they can communicate alternative ideas about what reality might be. Since graduating in 2016 my work has continued to reflect both.