All the things unsaid explores a personal narrative of reconciliation with my family through the process of making photographs.
Through the making of images, I use the camera as a conduit for reconciliation with my family from whom I have spent a decade estranged.
This project explores the ruptures caused by grief and loss, and aims to explore the cathartic possibilities of slow photography to pull affects from the body into an image. Through visual interpretations of these ruptures and their subsequent affects, the project seeks to acknowledge that grief is a state of being that not only shapes familial and personal identities, but alters ways of seeing.
The portraits of my family, from whom I have spent a decade estranged— my mother, brother, niece and nephew (the past) accompany images of my husband and beloved animals (the present) —combined with landscapes which hold significant meaning in my personal history. The images combine to create a photobook that images ways of seeing through grief.
Through photographing blood relatives, beloved animals and landscapes near my home, the work explores the ever-changing nature of familial grief beyond the event from which it began. In creating this work, I use my position as the photographer to transform the camera into a tool of reconciliation.
The work explores how the effect of making portrait photographs impacts not only who is in front of the camera but who is behind it.
Through the act of photographing, empathy between the photographer and the photographed becomes apparent, commonalities realised and an unexpected reconciliation begins.