The saying ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until its gone’ is a good starting point when explaining my current work, which is centered on the village that I have lived in since Oct 2014.

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Draycott & Wilne

The Project

The saying ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until its gone’ is a good starting point when explaining my current work, which is centered on the village that I have lived in since Oct 2014.

I moved to Draycott after living for around 7 years in a place I can only describe as hell. From the beginning I recognized how strong the villages community spirit was and automatically felt the urge to document it and try to portray an essence of what I was witnessing. On investigation I discovered a range of interesting stories and facts surrounding the village and whilst interviewing occupants of the village who I was also photographing, I found that there were stories still being created by the generation who call the village their home today.

Whilst doing this project I have found a peace with in my self which I believe was not currently there due to my past experience of the place I was previously living at. I had recently tried my best to dissociate myself from my surroundings due to the distress it was causing me but I am now able to enjoy the place I inhabit and have found it is gradually becoming somewhere I can call my home.

The work I do on this project is done entirely on film, varying from 6×7 medium format to 5×4 large format film. By using film I am faced with more complexity which requires more of my focus and concentration. As a result I am able to use film photography to shut off from the issues inside my mind and focus on something more positive whilst creating something I can feel proud of.

As well as my own images this project includes found images which I was able to source with thanks to the local historical society. These images include moments in history dating back as far as the 1930s and further.

At the beginning of 2015 after entering through my university this work won a £500 bursary award from Genesis imaging which was for the printing of my degree show. Mark Foxwell, Genesis’ Creative Director, and Louise Clements, Co-Founder of Format International Photography Festival and Artistic Director at Derby Quad, chose the winners of the annual bursary awards. Here is a link to an online article regarding the award.

https://www.ntu.ac.uk/apps/news/175198-5/Photography_students_win_%C2%A3500_bursary_from_Genesis_Imaging.aspx

Your Support

I am currently unable to continue work on this project, which I feel is still undone. This is due to no longer having access to the medium format film camera and other relevant equipment I had been borrowing whilst studying at university.

By supporting this project you will be giving me the opportunity to purchase a 6×7 medium format film camera, a wide & standard lens, tripod and film.

On completion of this work I will be self publishing it as a printed book. I have already made a hand made draft which can be seen in the photo above. Any and all support would be greatly appreciated, thank you. Please share my project with others you think might be interested in hearing about it and donating!

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