About the Book
Marking Time comprises a series of 35 portraits of serving and ex-servicemen and women, combined with their memory of service life and an historic photograph. The portraits span a period of over 90 years, with the most senior sitter a WW1 veteran through to individuals serving in Afghanistan today.
The genesis of this two-year project centres on six letters that I inherited, regarding a relative killed in the trenches during the First World War. Thereby the project effectively starts with an inherited memory – a handful of letters and photographs from the front line. This link is continued through a series of portraits and memories stretching from 1918, through each subsequent decade, to the present day.
The project is made up of a portrait of the now and a memory of the then. It explores the relationship between both private & public memory; and the influence it has in defining our identity, both as individuals and as a nation. Photographically, the work challenges the viewer to consider if ‘we are who we were’; and if memory, similar to the historical events themselves, will always have a sense of disconnect or separateness from the present.
Features & Details
- Category Arts & Photography
Large Format Landscape, 13×11 in, 33×28 cm
- Publish Date Jan 14, 2013
- Language English
- Tags Memory, History, Portraiture, Memories, Military History, Black & white photography, Film Photography, fine art photography, social documentary, social documentary photography, editorial photography
Fine Art Social Documentary Photographer Stylistically I am drawn towards fine art and social documentary photography. The photographic image has strong historical and cultural associations with loss and memory, and my work embraces these themes quite naturally.